Business Economics

Greater Coachella Valley Chamber leader on the desert’s economic future

Emily Falappino took the helm at the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce last month, becoming the organization’s second leader since its formation five years ago. She has big shoes to fill, following former President and CEO Joshua Bonner, who assembled the GCVCC out of the Indio, Coachella and La Quinta Chambers of Commerce to create the area’s only regional chamber.

While Bonner created the “infrastructure” for the 1,317-member organization, Falappino says she plans to bring a new focus on big-picture economic development to the chamber. This includes ambitious plans to grow the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and support the growth of industries such as clean energy, with the lofty vision of helping turn the Coachella Valley into “the future Silicon Valley of the clean energy sector.”