Mayor's Message

Welcome to the City of Festivals!

I invite you to visit our sensational city- rich in history, culture, arts and world-class events. The City of Indio is the largest and fastest growing city in the Coachella Valley. Nearly 1.4 million people visit our community every year to attend the most famous music, food, and arts festivals in the world. Rated as the No. 1 city in nation for live music by the Matador Network in 2016, we’ve hosted festivals such as Desert Trip, Coachella Valley and Arts Festival, Southwest Arts Festival, and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, to name a few. We also host community events such as the Indio Block Party and Indio Winterfest every year.

Once a Union Pacific Railroad depot, the City of Indio has evolved into a destination spot with a small -town feel. We take priority in preserving our local heritage, celebrating our diversity, and showcasing our art. The Coachella Valley History Museum contains the original 1909 School House, Date Museum, and the refurbished M. H. Whittier Ranch Water Tower. You can see our great murals and sculptures throughout our downtown and city, which celebrates our history and spirit of community.

Indio is emerging as a center of housing, commerce and development in the Coachella Valley. Ranked as one of the Top 20 Best Cities for Young Families in California by, almost 90,000 people call Indio home and we expect to reach 100,000 in population by 2020 and 170,000 by 2035. Nearly 3,000 new housing units are under construction or being planned in the next few years to accommodate this growth, and we are expected to add 54,000 residential units by 2035.

Our restaurant, retail, hotel, and healthcare service sectors are also growing. The first Dunkin’ Donuts in the Coachella Valley opened in Indio last year. In addition to food and bar establishments like Your Pie and Big Rock Pub, Hibbet Sports also opened a store in Indio along with CrossFit Shadow Hills. To accommodate millions of visitors each year, a new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot is scheduled to open this year, and a few other hotels are already in plan check or entitled for development

I am excited to welcome Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to our downtown area. We celebrated their groundbreaking last November and they are scheduled to open this year. Loma Linda University will be a vital asset to serve the needs of nearly 135,000 children in the Coachella Valley while helping to revitalize our downtown core. The College of the Desert is also doubling the size of its campus in downtown to accommodate over 8,000 students by 2020, and the California Desert Trial Academy continues to succeed and graduate more law students as the first and only law school in the Coachella Valley. Serving as a second seat for Riverside County, Indio is the home of the Riverside County Fairgrounds, Larson Justice Center, and the new East Valley Detention Center, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and create 450 permanent jobs.

There are also a myriad of infrastructure developments scheduled to be completed this year such as the I-10 Jefferson Interchange project. This will give residents and visitors even easier and safer access to our city. There are also major projects underway to improve roads, intersections, sidewalks, and water and sewer infrastructure. Quality of life is also improving for our residents by acquiring nearly $2.7 million in park improvement grants and being recognized as one of fifteen cities in the nation to serve as a model for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

The City of Indio keeps on growing with a bright future ahead. We thank our residents for their continued support and looking forward to welcoming you to our community.


Elaine Holmes
City of Indio