Mayor's Message

Welcome to the City of Festivals!  Indio is the largest and fastest growing city in eastern Riverside County. As the original Coachella Valley city known as the “Hub of the Valley,” we are continuing our legacy as the center of housing, commerce and development in the region.

Nearly 1.4 million people visit our community every year to attend the most famous music, food, and arts festivals in the world. Popular travel site, Trivago, named Indio as a rising global destination and Matador Network ranked Indio as the No. 1 city in the nation for live music. We host the Coachella Valley and Arts Festival, Indio Southwest Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Indio International Tamale Festival, Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, and California BBQ State Championship. I am also happy to announce the 2018 Tachevah music festival, previously held in Palm Springs, is coming to downtown Indio in May.

Once a Union Pacific Railroad depot, the city of Indio continues to be 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, which celebrates our history and spirit of community.

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 project adding 54,000 residential units by 2035. Families are moving here because of our parks, schools, and outstanding public safety services. In fact, the Indio Police Department was recognized as one of fifteen cities in the nation to serve as a model for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Our restaurant, retail, hotel, and healthcare service sectors are also growing. Ranked as the #1 city in California to start a business by in 2017, the first Dunkin’ Donuts and Your Pie restaurant in the Coachella Valley opened in Indio last year. A Walmart Neighborhood Market and a farm-to-table restaurant called Heirloom Craft Kitchen will be opening soon. In addition, a new 14-screen movie theater is coming to Indio and there are new plans proposed for an exciting new project on the Indio Fashion Mall site. To accommodate millions of visitors to our city, a new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott will be opening this year, and a Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is currently in plan check. I am also excited to welcome Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to our downtown area, which is opening this year to serve over 135,000 children in the region.

There are major infrastructure developments recently completed or planned to keep up with our growth. The new I-10 Jefferson Street interchange is now open and a Highway 111 widening and beautification project will begin this year to give our residents and visitors easier and safer access to our city. The city is working with the Coachella Valley Association of Governments to finalize the route in our community for the CV Link, which is a $76 million multi-modal transportation project using the existing Whitewater River Channel that will span more than 50 miles to connect all nine cities and three tribal governments. The path, which allows pedestrians, bicyclists and low-speed electric vehicles, will create a sustainable future and provide significant economic impacts. To further promote a healthy and active lifestyle, a new five-mile hiking trail in north Indio is scheduled to open in the spring with amazing views of the city, Indio Hills, and Joshua Tree National Park.

I am excited about our growth and bright future ahead. We welcome you to our beloved city of Indio and I hope you enjoy your time with us!

Michael H. Wilson, Mayor