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Economic Development Roundup

Posted by City of Desert Hot Springs on Nov 17, 2020 9:12:53 AM

Welcome to the Economic Development Roundup for the week of November 16, 2020.


Community Action Partnership Seeking Participants for Apprenticeship Program

The County of Riverside Community Action Partnership is looking for interested business and students to sign up for their workplace-mentoring program. The program matches high school juniors and seniors with small businesses within their communities throughout Riverside County.


Program Goals / Benefits


For Youth:

  • Receive On-the-Job training
  • Learn the importance of Saving
  • Earn a Match Savings Incentive
  • Become a Role Model for other youth
  • Learn Marketable job skills & Positive Work habits

For Businesses:

  • Invest in today’s youth
  • New learning experience as a Mentor
  • Recognized for community participation
  • One-time incentive for new business partners
  • Reimbursement for wages paid up to 520 work / training hours
  • Become a role model for small businesses in the community

For more information please email: Phone:  (951) 955-4900 and see the flyer HERE.


Utility Assistance

Residents impacted by COVID can receive utility bill assistance through a variety of sources. Southern California gas has suspended service disconnections until further notice, and offers COVID related discounts. See HERE for information.


The Community Action Agency can help with office can help with the gas bill, electric bill, and now water/sewer (thanks to CARES Act funding.  Applications are accepted by mail or online at . Please do not fax or drop off your application in person. Applications and copies of supporting documents can be mailed to:   


Community Action Partnership of Riverside County

P.O. Box 5760

Riverside, CA 92517-5760


Utility Assistance is a one-time assistance program that helps low and moderate-income Energy 003 individuals and families with utility payment assistance. Funding for the program is provided by the federal LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). Those receiving utility assistance also receive energy conservation education. For more information on how to qualify please click HERE!



Royal Emerald Pharmaceuticals Relocates to Desert Hot Springs

Royal Emerald Pharmaceuticals, located at the former Kmart building at 14011 Palm Drive, held their ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Royal Emerald is researching and developing non-addictive medicines derived from new and safer Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Botanical Raw Materials, such as, THC and CBD. The company’s mission is to be leaders in the pharmaceutical field by creating these non-addictive medicines for veterans, law enforcement and first responders who are suffering from traumas suffered while serving their country and communities. 


Royal Emerald has relocated their operations from San Diego (in the biotech hub of Sorrento Valley) to Desert Hot Springs and expects to hire 100 employees by March 1, 2021. Their goal is to hire residents as much as possible, and eventually will employ 258 full-time employees at the Palm Drive facility. 

3137 Royal Emerald Pharmaceuticals


Royal Emerald chose the city of Desert Hot Springs for their new pharmaceutical research and manufacturing facility over three others in the Coachella Valley and over locations in Lancaster and Calexico. The company will supplement specific government research contracts and has been designed so it can quickly increase capacity and production incrementally to meet consumer demands. This facility will help the research community with bulk manufacturing, procuring, processing, analyzing, storing, and distributing botanical raw materials for research. 



For more information, Contact Denise Hamet, Economic Development Manager, for additional information.; cell phone 760-399-6709

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