New iHub Technology and Entrepreneurship Center opens in Palm Desert

New iHub Technology and Entrepreneurship Center opens in Palm Desert

The Palm Desert iHub, a collaboration between the City of Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and Cal State San Bernardino, on Wednesday celebrated a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 37-023 Cook St. opposite the CSUSB Palm Desert campus.

The iHub will host university programs in cybersecurity, hospitality management and entrepreneurship.

“The addition of these three state-of-the-art programs will greatly enhance our Palm Desert campus and provide our students with much-needed experience and opportunities that will help them graduate as they begin their careers,” CSUSB said. President Tomás D. Moral.

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales speaks at the grand opening of the Palm Desert iHub, a collaboration between the City of Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and Cal State San Bernardino, on November 17, 2021 in Palm Desert.

CSUSB Cybersecurity Center CEO Tony Coulson added: “Our expansion into the Palm Desert campus is another part of our efforts to leverage hidden talents and help address the national cybersecurity workforce crisis. This program will help improve the pipeline of critical necessary cyber skills coming from the Coachella Valley. “

Information and Decision Science Assistant Professor Denise Kinsey will teach full-time cybersecurity in Palm Desert.

From left: CSUSB President Tomás Morales, Palm Desert Councilmember Karina Quintanilla, Mayor Kathleen Kelly, Councilmember Sabby Jonathan, Mayor Pro Tem Jan Harnik, CVEP CEO Joe Wallace and Councilmember Gina Nestande celebrate the grand opening of the Palm Desert iHub on November 17th.  , 2021.

The Palm Desert City Council raised $ 175,000 to fund the iHub building lease and utility bills back in 2018 after undergoing a long-term planning process that identified the technology center as a solution to diversify and lift the city’s economy.

Local officials hope the new technology center will bring an economic boost to the Coachella Valley by training a cybersecurity workforce and luring start-ups to the region.

Palm Desert Mayor Kathleen Kelly speaks at the grand opening of the Palm Desert iHub, a technology collaboration between the City of Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and Cal State San Bernardino, on November 17, 2021 in Palm Desert.

“The Palm Desert Digital iHub will attract high-paying, environmentally friendly jobs and provide internship opportunities for students, equipping them for similar work,” said Palm Desert Mayor Kathleen Kelly. “These gains are huge advances toward the city’s goal of creating a more diverse and sustainable economy with opportunities for all.”

CVEP, which has managed the Palm Springs iHub throughout its nine-year existence and has attracted nearly 90 technology-based companies to enter their business accelerator program, will also manage the new Palm Desert iHub.

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