Category Archives: District 3 News

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?