Benoit’s Aerial District Tour Now Online at

News Release


Oct 19

Benoit’s Aerial District Tour Now Online at

PALM DESERT – A video featuring captivating aerial and on-site highlights of key local economic development projects, and an update on the county’s pending solar policy, can now be seen on Supervisor John J. Benoit’s Web site,

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“What makes this show so special is looking around at our magnificent landscape from above,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Looking ahead, it’s just thrilling to think of all the new concepts, opportunities, job creation and future growth potential in eastern Riverside County.”

The six-minute video introduces the Thermal Motorsports Track & Club, a future country club for racing cars. Located south of the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, the development is scheduled to break ground by the end of the year.

Viewers will also see the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, a 2.68-mile racetrack that is bringing new economic life to Desert Center, a town between Indio and Blythe. On-ground interviews showcase two highly-anticipated county infrastructure projects expected to open this fall in the Thermal community, the Sheriff’s Station and new Fire Station #39.

The video concludes with footage taken in the vast expanse of Desert Center land that will be developed into Desert Sunlight, a 4,000-acre solar farm. A map displays the solar zone, 185 square miles of pristine desert designated for solar projects, as Supervisor Benoit explains the county’s pending solar power plant policy that will compensate Riverside County for the permanent loss of much of its desert.

Produced by Riverside-based Godfather Films and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, the video was presented at the second annual State of Riverside County luncheon, held October 11.

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