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Cabinet Chats with Councilman Williams Launch Nov. 20

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting bi-monthly cabinet chats starting November 20. It will be a great way for me to connect with you on important issues facing the city and I hope you will consider attending.

Here are the details for the first meeting:

Thursday, November 20
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sierra Montana Recreation Center
Game Room

14861 N. Spring Lane
No registration required

Surprise Police will discuss holiday safety tips and the latest crime prevention trends and strategies. Economic Development Department will provide us with an update on economic development in our City.

Surprise youth and families are encouraged to attend.

Please check back for additional meeting dates coming soon.

Age Is Not A Boundary To Leadership

I believe that engaging young people in civic leadership roles can revolutionize a city. It helps to create interest in future service, and it allows current leaders to understand how to better meet the needs of the city’s youth. Here are some of the ways we are engaging youth in Surprise:

Youth Leadership Commission (YLC): Open to all Surprise High School Students. This program is designed to improve the level of activity and engagement among youth and all Surprise residents with the City of Surprise. The YLC is not a formal commission, therefore has no limitations on participation, but selection into the program is based on specific criteria outlined in detail on the YLC application and the completion of a panel interview with members of the Surprise City Council.

Here are some of the initiatives that our Youth Leadership Commission members can participate in:

  • Scholarship to National League of Cities Conference The youth leadership scholarship provides outstanding young Surprise citizens the opportunity to attend the National League of Cities Conference in Washington, DC as youth representatives for the City of Surprise. Participants in the Youth Leadership Commission program must meet the following criteria to qualify for the scholarship:

 

  1. Participation as an intern for the Mayor and Council for a period of no less than one month. Students serve on the dais with City Council members during all regularly scheduled meetings and Council Workshops. Students can actively participate and engage in discussion items, but cannot vote or attend executive sessions.
  2. Demonstration of their engagement in volunteer work within the community, school and at home.
  3. Student in good standing at their school.
  4. Resume and two references (one scholastic/professional and one personal).
  5. Completion of the Surprise Youth Leadership Scholarship Application.
  6. Completion of a community service project or initiative.
  • Surprise Community Service Project Initiative

 

Students work on a project team that will be responsible for initiating and implementing a community service project.

Students will work with an adult mentor whom will help facilitate and guide the project Community service hours will be logged for their participation and will be submitted as part of the scholarship application.

Once the project is implemented each group will give a formal presentation that describes the entire planning and implementation process including project preparation, implementation, the collaborative process they went through, road bumps along the way and how they were managed, and an assessment on the success or failure of the project.

  • Leadership Development

As part of the program students will participate in quarterly leadership training sessions. Students whom complete all leadership training sessions will receive recognition in May for their efforts.

Surprise, Open For Business

As Surprise has grown in population, it has grown in offerings. We have ballpark that attracts spring training visitors from all over and one of the largest public tennis facilities in the country. We have attracted great restaurants and shopping, and now, we are seeing more big businesses making Surprise their home. It’s an exciting time for the city!

In the last couple of years, we have seen business that have located here, grow! Southwest Products, an industrial diesel engine company, finished construction of 165,000 square feet of headquarters and manufacturing facilities in 2013. They have grown their number of employees 50% since then!

And new businesses are moving in. Cobalt Medical Development is constructing a 50,000 square foot advanced rehabilitation facility that is expected to create 125 jobs. Cobalt’s CEO Richard Fiske said, “As we looked nationally for a location, Surprise stood out due its collaborative approach to business development.”

Surprise also supports early-stage technology-based companies. The city’s AZ TechCelerator is designed to help these types of companies reach the next stage in their business plan businesses by providing affordable space and the tools and resources needed to help businesses grow.AZ TechCelerator, a four-building campus, totaling nearly 60,000 square feet is designed to accommodate your needs and provide you with the affordable space, tools and resources to grow your business.

If you would like to find out more about the city’s economic development incentives, click here. And if you are interested in learning more about AZ TechCelerator, click here.AZ TechCelerator, a four-building campus, totaling nearly 60,000 square feet is designed to accommodate your needs and provide you with the affordable space, tools and resources to grow your business.

Youth Master Plan In Development

It’s an exciting time in Surprise!  You can feel the city coming into its own. We are growing into a well-rounded community where families can enjoy a healthy lifestyle, find and keep good jobs and build a sense of home and community.

It’s clear that now is the time to reach out to our young people. Young people are the foundation of a growing city, and it’s important that they get engaged early. That’s why I think it’s vital to have a Surprise Youth Master Plan. This strategic plan will help guide youth services, projects and initiatives now and in the future. The best part about the plan— students will lead the development process.

The long term vision, through the successful implementation of this student lead planning process, is for the City of Surprise to become the leader in youth opportunities, services, and programs for the Valley. The development and implementation of this document will integrate youth into the formal planning process, and incorporate shared leadership opportunities for youth within our growing city.

Recently, we conducted several youth surveys as preliminary research for the Youth Master Plan. See the results here:

While we are planning for the future, we are also focusing on today. Read more about the ways we are currently engaging youth in Surprise, here.

Yes, We Need To Get Our Kids Engaged

It’s an exciting time in Surprise!  You can feel the city coming into its own. We are growing into a well-rounded community where families can enjoy a healthy lifestyle, find and keep good jobs, and build a sense of home and community.

It’s clear that NOW is the time to reach out to our young people, since any growing community needs a foundation of tomrrow’s leaders, young people who grow up caring about Surprise and being part of the process.

That’s why I am helping lead an initiative to develop a Youth Master Plan for our City, and I’m starting by asking young people to help us build it!  What do our young people expect from our city? What are their needs? How can we help build a community they will think of as home? How can we create an atmosphere where our young people want to build their own families and careers right here in Surprise?