Pechanga Development Corporation
The tribe's enterprises are viewed as a means to create jobs, and achieve long-term economic development.
Modern Tribal Economic Development
Indian gaming has proven itself as one of the most successful business enterprises for tribes across the country, bringing funds for education, infrastructure development and economic diversification that for a variety of reasons were sorely lacking in the past.
The Pechanga people have always valued tribal self-sufficiency and economic self-determination. In the early nineties, the Pechanga Band deliberated long and hard before entering into gaming. Pechanga's thoughtful management of its gaming enterprises has resulted in revenues that have allowed it to partner in projects with neighboring, non-native communities while improving life on our reservation.
Two of Pechanga Tribal government's primary responsibilities are to provide soundly managed economic development opportunities to its people and to plan effective strategies that provide sources of needed revenues for government services and programs. In the summer of 1999 the Pechanga Development Corporation unveiled a five-year master plan calling for the construction of the permanent casino, hotel, meeting and convention center, 18-hole championship golf course, 170-space recreational vehicle resort (opened on March 1, 2000), and a new maintenance-administration building. Together, these facilities complement Temecula and Murrietta tourist attractions, helping develop southwest Riverside County as a major regional visitor destination. The Pechanga Development Corporation ensures wise management and skillful administration.
Prior to the implementation in 1998 of the master plan construction, the Pechanga gas station, mini-mart, walk-in/ drive-through fast food restaurant and automated car wash were built. As with prior development, master plan construction includes park-like landscaping, open spaces to enhance the environment and aesthetic transitions and buffer zones between neighboring housing developments.
Positive Impacts on the Community at Large
Our neighbors have benefited from the Pechanga Development Corporation's skillful planning and implementation of projects. In 1998 Pechanga built a 2,000-foot-long wall, designed in cooperation with the City of Temecula, providing a buffer between reservation enterprises and neighboring residential areas. The wall included park-like landscaping. To improve vehicular traffic flow, construction was completed on the new $10 million bridge on the Pechanga Parkway, crossing the Temecula Creek. This was a joint project of the Pechanga Government and City of Temecula, as was additional routing and widening of a section of Pechanga Parkway, plus the installation of larger sewer lines. Additionally, a jointly funded project between the Pechanga Government and city government resulted in the installation of a new Pechanga Parkway signal light at one of the main entrance to the new Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Improving the tribe's own community's economic condition has resulted in significant infrastructure improvements, and additional economic and tourism-based opportunities for our neighboring communities, as well.
"...developing and expanding diverse sustainable income streams."