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D3 Quarterly Newsletter – September 2016

As September rolls in, I hope everyone is enjoying the final days of summer. School recently began and fall is rapidly approaching! It’s hard to believe we have completed two months of fiscal year 2017.

I am hosting a District 3 Update meeting on September 13 at Surprise Honda, located at 13270 N Autoshow Ave. I appreciate my constituents and thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas on future development! I share your passion for growth and I would love to see many of the amenities discussed. Please join me on the 13th from 5 pm until 6 pm as we will receive an Economic Development update from City staff, a Prasada update, and bond information. A tour of the new dealership has also been offered by Surprise Honda General Manager Leon Lee.

Transportation Update

Completion of Cactus Road

After meeting with constituents and members from our schools over the last year, I am happy to report the completion of Cactus Road from 175th Avenue to Cotton Lane is complete! This pavement project provides additional east/west connection, in addition to Waddell Road, for the neighboring communities of Sara Ann Ranch and Sierra Montana as well as Shadow Ridge and Paradise High Schools.

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Construction on the Bell Road bridge project continues and Bell Road is on schedule to open as originally planned in November 2016. Current work includes the building of the retaining wall panels of the bridge over Grand Avenue and the reconstruction of the eastbound Grand Avenue roadway. Grand avenue traffic is temporarily sharing westbound lanes while the old asphalt pavement on the east side has been removed and the utility relocation occurs.

Budget Approval FY17

The Surprise City Council approved a $271.9 million Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, at a Special City Council meeting this past May. Council approved a formula to fund 22 new public safety positions by maintaining the city’s property tax rate of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property valuation. Due to higher valuations, that would generate approximately $165,000 in new money. The remaining funds would come from vacancy savings. The positions are as follow:

Police: 13 Fire-Medical: 7 Court: 1 City Attorney: 1

This budget also dedicates $53 million for capital improvements to preserve and/or replace aging infrastructure, such as increasing funding for the Pavement Preservation Program to $4.5 million.

Investments in communications, facility, information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure amount to $6.8 million. And $10.5 million will support replacing aging vehicles to enhance service and lower maintenance costs.

Beginning in November, the city will assume responsibility for billing the water, waste water and sanitation utilities. By removing these operations from a third-party vendor, the city will be able to provide more efficient operations and provide an improved customer experience. This service will result in an additional 11 positions. The ongoing utility billing budget of $1.7 million that had been paid to the third-party vendor will remain the same once the city transitions to the billing responsibilities.

The FY17 Budget also provides funding to add Sunday Dial-A-Ride service and continue Saturday and holiday pick-ups.

New Businesses

Great things are happening in Surprise and that includes several new businesses that have recently opened or are opening soon. Surprise Honda opened its doors last month in the Prasada Automall and Hyundai and Subaru dealerships are under construction now. Burger King opened a few months ago in the Walmart Plaza on Greenway, west of Loop 303.

Other businesses scheduled to open include the new Babbo Italian Eatery, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Dickey’s Barbeque, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, Firehouse Subs and a few more.

Shop Surprise

By now, you’ve probably noticed some important enhancements to the ShopSurprise digital marketing campaign! With more than 2,000 ShopSurprise subscribers and nearly 123,000 messages and deals announced, you are doing your part to support our Bell-Grand area businesses during the Bell Road bridge construction!

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce text message service provider, Dex media, recently scheduled a service upgrade to keep this successful campaign up and running, with a new feature- coupons sent directly to your email, no more having to click a link. That required a new text opt-in number, which is 85100.

Here are all the ways you can check out the daily deals:

  • Text ‘ShopSurprise’ (one word) to 85100 to have daily deals sent to your phone;
  • Visit to view the daily deals online;
  • Like the Shop Surprise, Arizona Facebook page and have the deals appear in your timeline; or
  • Follow @ShopSurpriseAZ on Twitter to have deals tweeted to you daily.

A Construction Business Access Map is also available online to help you find the best ways to enter the shopping, dining and service centers to claim your deals. The Bell & Grand ShopSurprise daily deals are only available during the Bell Road full closure. The Chamber will consider a more comprehensive, citywide campaign in the future.

Shop Surprise

Bond Election

City Council approved sending a $63 million General Obligation Bond initiative to the voters when we met last month. Following public input and weighing community needs, Council approved the following nine projects that, if voter-approved, would be included in the bond:

  • Two fire stations
  • Police evidence storage facility
  • Land purchase for a future southwest Surprise Fire Station/Police Substation/Park
  • Public Works maintenance facility (frees up existing city locations to meet Police and Fire-Medical storage needs)
  • Road improvements to portions of Greenway and Litchfield Roads
  • Aquatic Center Expansion
  • Land purchase for regional rec complex (sport fields, playgrounds, future rec center)

General Obligation Bonds are sold to investors who are repaid with interest. The repayment comes from a secondary property tax, which Surprise does not currently have. If approved, the secondary property tax could be up to $0.50 per $100 of limited property value, which on a home with an assessed value of $200,000 would be a yearly maximum increase of $100, or $8.33 per month.

Additional educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the November 8 General Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted at You may also visit the website for a complete list of projects, renderings, financial impact information and public survey results.

Neighborhood Grant Program

The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or even some community improvements.

Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY17. To be considered, projects must meet the following program criteria:

  • Provide a public benefit
  • Result in a product, which benefits a neighborhood or the larger Surprise Community
  • Be feasible for completion by June 2017
  • Involve the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning and execution
  • Emphasize neighborhood self-help; or be educational, community-building, or a public physical improvement
    • Final report to due and presentation to the Sub-Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants on June 15, 2017

Additionally, a minimum of 5 neighbors within the residential area must sign the application and support the idea; neighborhoods governed by a homeowner association (HOA) must have HOA approval.

Interested communities should deliver the complete Neighborhood Grant Program application to City Hall, attention Jodi Tas, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

For more information about the grant, visit Neighborhood Grant Program or contact Jodi Tas, 623.222.1330.

Fall CRS Line-up

Registration for City of Surprise Fall Youth Sports, including girls’ volleyball, Babe Ruth softball and Cal Ripken tee-ball and baseball, began this week. Registration will be offered through September 24, with a special Saturday registration on September 24 from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration will also be available online at

Here’s a look at the programs being offered:

Fall Girls Volleyball League

Teaches the game of volleyball in the spirit of sportsmanship, fun and wholesome competition. An emphasis is placed on the development of skills and the value of teamwork. Age: Girls 7-15. (Age determined on or before December 31, 2016)

NEW Girls Competitive Volleyball League (15u and 17u Divisions)

While emphasis will remain on basic fundamentals, sportsmanship and cooperative participation, this program differs from recreational sports in that there are NO MANDATORY PLAYING TIME RULES. The competitive sports league will follow modified NFHS rules and is intended for EXPERIENCED PLAYERS ONLY. Participants will go through a skills evaluation on Friday October 14, 2016 and will be drafted onto a team. Special requests will not be honored in competitive programs. Any player that is not selected in the draft is guaranteed a spot in the recreational volleyball league. All teams will compete in an end of season, single elimination tournament.

Fall Babe Ruth Girls Softball League

Teaches the game of softball in the spirit of sportsmanship, fun and wholesome competition. An emphasis is placed on the development of skills and the value of teamwork. Age: Girls 7-16. (Age determined on or before December 31, 2016)

Cal Ripken Youth Fall Tee-ball

The road to the “Big Leagues” starts here! The Cal Ripken tee-ball program will offer separate 4-year-old and 5/6-year-old divisions. Boys and girls have the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals and skills associated with the game of baseball in an atmosphere where participation and fun are top priority. Age: Boys and girls 4 – 6. (Age determined on or before December 31, 2016)

Cal Ripken Youth Fall Baseball League

Concentrates highly on instruction and emphasizes the development of fundamental skills over wins and losses. Participants registered in the Major Division will go through a skills evaluation and will be drafted to a team. Age: Boys and girls 7 -12. (Age determined on or before December 31, 2016)

The City of Surprise invites you to volunteer for the upcoming fall sports season as well! The Community and Recreation Services department is dedicated to providing our volunteers the information and confidence they need to have a fun and successful season. If you are interested, please complete a volunteer application at the Community and Recreation Services Office. For more information, please contact the Sports Division at 623-222-2000 or visit

Veterans Day

America’s Mighty Warriors (AMW) will host the 2nd Annual Marc Lee Fitness Challenge in Surprise at Surprise Community Park on Saturday, November 5. The fitness challenge will include a 5K run/walk which will begin at 7 a.m. and the fitness challenge portion will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, please visit

The City’s 2nd Annual Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for Friday, November 11. This parade will travel along Bullard Avenue in front of Surprise Stadium. This year, the event will kick-off with a pancake breakfast and Veteran art show prior to the parade start at 9:30 am. I hope to see you there!

The City is currently looking for patriotic-themed parade entries for the parade. We are seeking clubs, organizations, groups or residents who would like to participate. There is no fee for participation. Interested parties may obtain an entry form online at or at the Community & Recreation Services offices at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

Arizona League of Cities and Towns

The Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference began on Tuesday, August 23. This conference is a great opportunity to reconnect with other Council Members throughout the state, network with agencies who work with Surprise and help build the momentum the City Council has been able to achieve.

Part of this year’s conference included meetings with Cox Communications regarding digital contour and EPCOR regarding their plans to combine their water districts. In addition, I was able to attend several sessions including the impact of military bases in Arizona, education initiatives and much more.

City Council attended a focus group discussion on why our youth leave the State; Surprise was represented by our very own Surprise Youth Council (SYC) Member Samantha Salazar. Following the youth session, members of SYC competed in the Democraseed Challenge and placed third. The Center for the Future of Arizona and Arizona State University’s Office of Entrepreneurship partnered with the Challenge to foster creative civic engagement projects. Congratulations to our SYC team!

Councilman Skip Hall and I received service awards during the Legislative and Service Award Luncheon on Thursday, August 25. Congratulations to Skip on his years of service. I have enjoyed serving with you!

Luke Air Force Base Celebrates 75 Years!

Luke Air Force Base is the largest fighter-training base in the entire world, with thousands of military personnel working diligently to protect us. Luke AFB is one of the largest employers in Arizona with approximately 6,000 employees. It is estimated that the families and personnel of the Base contribute an overall impact of over $2.15 billion to our economy.

We are very fortunate to have this asset, not just in our State, but in the West Valley. As a resident and as an elected official, I am grateful! Happy anniversary to Luke Air Force Base!

I will be taping another Council Conversation regarding an upcoming education initiative. Keep your eyes on Surprise TV for more information!

In closing, it has been an honor to serve you the last four years. I am grateful, honored and humble to serve you for another term.

D3 Quarterly Newsletter – May 2016

It has been an exciting year for Surprise, and I believe the future is more promising than ever before!  Why?  The entire City Council, along with City Manager Bob Wingenroth, has strategically positioned the city for that success.  We continue to see our city grow, not just in population, but in economic development projects.  Several new businesses have opened, broke ground or announced their desire to be here!  With the completion of Loop 303 last year and the construction of the Bell Road bridge, I anticipate Surprise will become more and more attractive for other future businesses.

Several restaurants have or will soon open their doors.  Newly opened restaurants include Biscuits Café located off Bell Road near Grand Avenue, Jamba Juice located east of Litchfield Road on Grand Avenue, and Under Review is open next to Uptown Alley at Waddell and Litchfield roads.  State 48 Brewery and Oregano’s, both located on Bell Road should be opening soon!

As for District 3, we have three new businesses under construction.  Those businesses are Aspen Dental, Surprise Honda and Surprise Hyundai.  I look forward to having our new additions soon!

Surprise Honda
Future home of Surprise Honda
Future home of Surprise Hyundai
Future home of Surprise Hyundai
Future home of Aspen Dental
Future home of Aspen Dental

The city also welcomed a new international business in May – IRIS USA.  IRIS USA built a 400,000+ square foot building on 30 acres to serve as its North American Headquarters in Surprise’s Southwest Railplex Industrial District.  They are employing 100 people.  The city is expecting $800,000 in revenue during IRIS’s first year of operation.  Additionally, Mainstreet, a $20 million hotel-like medical recovery facility will open their doors this year bringing additional head-of-household jobs to our city.

IRIS Ribbon Cutting


We are also working hard to grow our downtown at City Center!  Earlier this year, City Council voted unanimously to negotiate a formal settlement agreement with Surprise Center Development Company (SCDC).  In a May 5 Special Meeting, the Surprise City Council unanimously approved a settlement to end litigation between the city and (SCDC), which owns most of the land around the Civic Center Campus at Litchfield and Bell Roads.

Both parties are pleased to have come to terms on a settlement which achieves a full and final release of claims and believe this solidifies a partnership that will result in the development of a vibrant and engaging city center in Surprise.

The city, in partnership with Gateway Community College broke ground on the future-site of the Surprise-Gateway Training Center, a facility that will provide new, mission critical labs, assembly facilities and classrooms for the city water professionals and individuals interested in water resource management careers.  The 13,100 square foot training center is being constructed on the grounds of the South Plant (SPA1) Water Reclamation Facility, located near the intersection of Cactus and Litchfield roads.  SPA1 currently processes over 8 million gallons of water per day.  Construction of the Center is anticipated for completion this summer and training opportunities should begin as early as this fall!


City Transportation Update

City transportation projects continue to progress this spring and into the summer.  For your reference, below is the most updated status for the projects impacting District 3.

  • Greenway Road Widening – This project is 85% complete. The first lift of asphalt paving is complete. The final paving cap will be placed following the completion of the landscaping. The landscaping and decorative paver placement is estimated for completion in late May. All of the contractors’ activities are being closely coordinated with the Bell/Grand detour plan in an effort to minimize traffic interruptions. The westbound lanes will be open in June.
  • Cactus & Litchfield – Construction on Litchfield Road is complete and the road is open to the public. Cactus Road construction is expected to start at the end of June once APS relocates 69KV power poles.
  • Landscape Medians – Construction has begun on Bullard and should be complete by the end of May. Reems Road construction has begun and should be complete by July.
  • Peoria Avenue (south half) – Plans are still in final stage of revision.  Once plans are approved, bids will be advertised. Construction is expected to begin in late June and should be complete by end of August.
  • Cactus from Cotton to 175th – Construction will begin in early June and should be complete by the end of July.


Bell Road Closure Update

Bell Road at Grand Avenue officially closed on April 1 which kicked-off Phase 3 of the project which is expected to conclude in spring 2017.  Bell Road is scheduled to re-open in November 2016 prior to the holiday shopping season.  Access to businesses next to the project area will be maintained throughout the project.

The main detour from Bell Road is southbound Dysart Road, to Greenway Road, and north again on Litchfield Road to re-access Bell Road. Our transportation team tells me this is the quickest and most efficient way around the Bell closure at Grand. Driving through the nearby neighborhoods will not save you time.

There has been an abundance of activity and progress since the closure.  For continued updates or questions, please contact ADOT’s project hotline at 855.712.8530 (Press option one), or email at

Shop Surprise

The city, Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses have partnered to give you even more reasons to ShopSurprise during the Bell Road full closure. The Bell & Grand ShopSurprise campaign is helping to promote businesses in the Bell Road construction area by offering daily deals for shoppers so they continue to spend money in their hometown.

Businesses on all sides of the Bell Road and Grand Avenue intersection are open and have created incentives so that you ShopSurprise!

Already daily deals have included food specials, discounted prices and a flat-screen TV giveaway! What are you waiting for? There are multiple ways for you to participate; just pick the one, or two, that are right for you:

  • Visit to view the daily deals online;
  • Text ‘ShopSurprise’ (one word) to 40518 to have daily deals sent directly to your phone;
  • Like the Shop Surprise, Arizona Facebook page and have the deals appear in your timeline; or
  • Follow @ShopSurpriseAZ on Twitter to have deals tweeted to you daily.

Shop Surprise

Surprise Youth Council (SYC)

Eight members of the City of Surprise Youth Council attended a week long immersive civic education program in Washington, D.C. (March 13-18) with over 250 other students from across the U.S.  The program is done in partnership with Close Up.  Close up has a successful 45 year history leading thousands of students from across the nation each year by turning the nation’s capital into a living classroom.  Our youth council members discussed current controversial public policy issues (border security/citizenship, criminal sentencing guidelines, related services to pregnant & parenting students, teen voter registration, gun violence in schools, youth obesity, bullying) with peers that have differing viewpoints from their own, learned to gather information from a variety of sources to make informed decisions, and participated in a mock congressional session.  The students visited numerous monuments and memorials and talked about how the people and events represented impact their lives today.  The program has been proven to positively impact student achievement in standardized testing and encourages long term involvement in activities such as voting, media consumption, and informed political participation.

The timing of the trip could not have been better as we find ourselves in a very contentious presidential election.  In addition, students were right in the middle of the action when President Obama named his Supreme Court nominee as reporters swarmed around the Supreme Court building while we were there.  Another highlight of the trip was the opportunity to visit with various congressional leaders from Arizona including Senator Jeff Flake, Congressman Ruben Gallego & Congressman Trent Franks.  It was an honor for me to join our youth council members for this special Day on the Hill.

Youth Services Administrator, Members of SYC and I with Senator Jeff Flake
Youth Services Administrator, Members of SYC and I with Senator Jeff Flake


SYC Campaign

The Surprise Youth Council (SYC) has launched an awareness campaign “Be Yourself. Find Your Crowd. Get Along.” for teens to help spread the message that everyone belongs.   The campaign promotes the idea of finding your crowd and encourages students to break out of their comfort zones and expand their horizons when it comes to making friends.

The students are taking their message to local high schools with posters and a video that illustrate the slogan, as well as on-campus activities that encourage teens to live out the campaign concept  – such as pledging their support.

The campaign message is also creatively displayed in the community. In February, the youth council spray painted a mural themed after the slogan onto a wall near Surprise Stadium. They worked with local muralist Hugo Medina to design the vibrantly-colored public art piece, which depicts human forms participating in diverse activities – activities that represent the “Be Yourself” concept.

The council plans to measure the results of the campaign through a student survey that was distributed before the campaign launched and that will be retaken after its conclusion.

Follow Surprise Teen Programs on Facebook and Twitter for more information and engagement opportunities throughout the campaign.  To learn more about the Surprise Youth Council, visit

Youth Council

Surprise Literacy Challenge

Thirteen schools and 124 classrooms from across Surprise accepted the Surprise Literacy Challenge, a five-month reading challenge last fall.  The Challenge, created by Councilman Skip Hall and me, asked students in 4th-6th grade to track the number of hours they read outside the classroom over a three month period. Teachers then reported those numbers back to the city.

The winners in each grade were as follows:

4th Grade

Ms. Gore’s class – Arizona Charter Academy

5th Grade

Ms. Frazier’s class – West Point Elementary

6th Grade

Ms. Daniel’s class – Paradise Education Center

The winning 4th and 5th grade classrooms were treated to a pizza party and also received a trophy for their room and individual medals for each student at a City Council meeting in April.  The winning 6th grade class accepted their accolades on the field at the Spring Training game on March 25 at Surprise Stadium.

 Youth Sports

Sports Registrations

Swim & Dive Teams

The City of Surprise is offering registration for two recreational Swim and Dive Team programs for youth ages 5 to 17. The Swim and Dive Team program is designed to improve and develop swimming strokes and techniques while offering a fun competitive environment.   You can register for either morning or afternoon practice sessions; new participants will be required to try out prior to registration.


Drop-in tryouts for new members are being held Monday – Thursday, 4-8 p.m., through May 27 at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Ave. Swimmers will be required to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke and must demonstrate all four competitive strokes during their tryout. Divers must be able to tread water and demonstrate strong swimming abilities within diving well area.

Individual registration fees for swimmers and divers are $80 for Surprise residents and $110 for non-residents.  Swim and Dive Team meets will be held at the Surprise Aquatic Center and various Peoria pools.


The City of Surprise is hosting a “SCHOOL’S OUT! 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament” on May 13 and 14.

Team registration is available for the following youth divisions: 10-12 years old, 13-14 years old and 15-17 years old. Registration forms are available at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave.

Team registrations may be submitted by mail or in person to the Community and Recreation Services office, along with a tournament fee of $60 per team of three.

Tournament brackets will be available Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. Games will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Tournament play will take place at the Countryside Recreation Center, located at 15038 N Parkview Place.

For more information on this tournament or additional City of Surprise competitive youth sport league opportunities, please contact Ian Wallace at 623.222.2271 or

And there is much more!  Please visit for a list of events.

Growing Community

The Council had a detailed discussion on the upcoming budget and how to strategically plan for the ongoing growth of our community.  To support our strengths we need to continue to emphasize public safety.  Earlier this spring, Public Safety presented to council our anticipated gaps and needs in both Police and Fire.  To bring these departments up to standard, staying on top of calls for service and crime mitigation, we will need to infuse $2.4 Million this coming fiscal year.  This is a heavy load on our current budget, but with some fine tuning we were able to meet these needs in addition to over $4 million being pumped into pavement preservation.

So the real question is, what is “fine tuning?”  The council was able to eliminate a contingency fund which opened $1 million, as well as $500,000 in savings from planned personnel savings.   This left a gap of $900,000 thousand.  As a result, for the first time in nearly a decade residents will see a modest increase in the local property tax (should the council formally adopt its proposed property tax rate on June 21).  What does this mean in real dollars? If your home is worth $200,000 you will see an increase of $13.00 annually.  If your home is worth $400,000 you will see a total increase of $26.00 annually.  There will be no change to sales tax, and our food tax will remain at zero.  We felt as a majority that this modest increase, $1-$2/monthly for most residents, will be well invested in a tremendous boost to public safety. For more detailed information on the recommended budget, click here.

We next need to consider going to bond for public safety, transportation and recreation infrastructure.  Our facilities have not been able to keep up with the growth we’ve sustained.  Many of us purchased homes with a promise of what’s to come, and while we’ve grown leaps and bounds, we continue to strive to meet the needs of families and live up to the mantra of live, work, and play in Surprise.  On June 21, City Council will vote on whether or not to recommend a $60 million bond package for the November 2016 ballot. I look forward to the discussion and encourage you to get involved. You can attend several Surprise Forward bond meetings in May to learn more. Get meeting dates, a list of potential projects and bond information at Please stay tuned, and send me your feedback!!

My best,

Councilman John Williams


Twitter: @SurpriseD3

Councilmember John Williams’ Quarterly Newsletter – Jan. 2016

As we begin this new year, we have so much to be grateful for. I am grateful for the support of each and every one of you. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the City as Vice Mayor in 2016 and my constituents in District 3 as Councilman for the last seven years. I am also grateful for all of the fantastic things happening in Surprise. I wanted to share some of the news with you.

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Intersection Project

City Council thoroughly discussed the Bell Road/Grand Avenue intersection project in an interactive conversation with representatives for Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and ADOT during a City Council Meeting on October 20. At that time, City Council moved to proceed with the project.

City Council and staff continue to meet with ADOT concerning the communication roll-out of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue Intersection project to help mitigate the concerns of our residents and business community. ADOT, in partnership with the City, has developed a comprehensive outreach and communications program for the residents and businesses in Surprise. A Public Information Advisory Team comprised of representatives from ADOT, the City, Maricopa County, businesses and residents will assist with developing messaging, disseminating information and facilitating business outreach.

ADOT representatives are scheduled to provide an update at the City Council Work Session on Tuesday, January 19 at 4 pm in the City Council Chambers.

Upcoming Traffic Construction

There are so many Capital Improvement projects scheduled to occur in the next few months that you should be aware of. Those projects include:

Waddell Road Median (Litchfield Road to 1200 feet west): Construction began this month.

Landscaping Median (various locations): The project currently focuses on completing medians in the following locations:

  • Reems Road—Peoria to Cactus (1 mile)
  • Bullard Avenue—Peoria to Cholla (1/2 mile)
  • Waddell Road—175th to Citrus (1/2 mile)
  • Sarival Road—Bell to Northwest Ranch Parkway (900 ft)

It is expected that the request for bid public bid will close in January. Construction is expected to begin in the March/April timeframe with the individual sections prioritized as listed above.

Cactus Road (south side) from Litchfield Road to Rail Road Tracks and Litchfield Road (east side) from Cactus Road to Desert Cove Road: It is expected that the construction of the project will go out for a public bid that will close in January. Construction is expected to begin in the March/April timeframe.

Peoria Avenue (Reems Road to Sarival Avenue): Lennar has begun construction. Project is complete.

Peoria Avenue (south side) from Greer Ranch Parkway to Reems Road:Construction will commence after Lennar completes the construction on the north side.

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting: The community is invited to attend the next Bullard Avenue Task Force meeting on Monday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m., at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. The city worked with a grant-funded Safe Routes to School design team to create a plan that incorporates the recommendations decided on by the task force this past fall. The recommendations included retaining the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit and restoring two travel lanes in each direction. Also, due to heavier pedestrian crossings at the intersections at Acoma and Sweetwater, the group requested some traffic signals be added, along with crosswalks.

Cactus Road (north half) from 143rd Avenue to Bullard Avenue: This project includes half street improvements with a median. DMB is the project owner, with the City contributing to median costs. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.

Greenway Road (Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road): This project is anticipated to be completed in summer 2016. The project includes intersection dip improvements.

Greenway and Dysart Intersection: This project will improve the existing dip section and is anticipated to be completed prior to Spring Training 2016.

A full closure of the intersection is planned for Friday, January 15 at 7:30 pm through Sunday, January 17 at 8 pm. Following full closure, there will be some finishing work that will require lane restrictions through January 24, pending no weather-related delays.

Neighborhood Grant Program

The Surprise City Council has approved funding to support a new Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or even some community improvements.

Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support this new grant program.

To be considered, projects must meet the following program criteria:

• Provide a public benefit

• Result in a product, which benefits a neighborhood or the larger Surprise Community

• Be feasible for completion by June 17, 2016

• Involve the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning and execution

• Emphasize neighborhood self-help; or be educational, community-building, or a public physical improvement

Additionally, a minimum of 5 neighbors within the residential area must sign the application and support the idea; neighborhoods governed by a homeowner association (HOA) must have HOA approval.

Interested communities should deliver the complete Neighborhood Grant Program application to City Hall, attention Jodi Tas, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26.

An information session will be held Saturday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza in the Council Overflow room.

For more information about the grant, visit the Neighborhood Grant Program webpage or contact Jodi Tas, 623.222.1330.

Recent Changes in City Ordinances

On December 4, 2015, the City of Surprise adopted several changes to ordinances related to animal ownership. In an effort to ensure all citizens are made aware of the new changes, the Surprise Police provided the following review of the affected ordinances or city codes.

To begin with, the definition of “at large” was changed in Surprise City Code 10-19. The code also requires a dog owner to contain their pet within a structure (home), an enclosure (fenced rear yard), or restrain and control the animal (leash) at all times. While away from their premises, the dog owner has the same requirements; however, there continues to be an exemption for a dog park.

Within the same city code, there was also a change for homeowners in gated communities. A previous exception stating dogs were not at large anywhere within a gated community has been deleted. At this time, gated communities are treated the same as any other location within the City of Surprise.

Surprise City Code 10-24 also was modified. The code penalizes all owners who: do not get their dog licensed, counterfeit a dog license, remove a valid license from a dog, or place a license for another animal on their dog which is not valid.

Also, the Surprise Police would like to remind citizens of Surprise City Code 10-26. This code states an owner who wants to continue keeping an animal previously declared vicious by a court must obtain liability insurance, have the animal spayed or neutered, and muzzle the animal when taking it off the owner’s premises.

Other changes were also made to Surprise City Code 10-56. The change states an animal found running around a neighborhood may cause the owner to have to pay food and housing charges, if the owner was negligent in allowing the animal to get out. Proof of negligence is more than just a dog getting out – it would come from the dog getting out multiple times or proof the owner is not taking reasonable steps to keep the animal contained.

Additionally, in regard to Surprise City Code 10-79, the code now requires only one person to file a formal complaint with the police about a barking dog prior to enforcement action being taken.

If you have additional questions in regard to these city ordinances, please contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000.

For more information or to review current Surprise City Ordinances, visit:

Economic Development Update

The City’s Economic Development Department continues to be busy with inquiries. This past October, they had inquiries from 3 large businesses, 1 small business and 2 for the AZ TechCelerator. There were 2 large business site visits, 12 small business assists and 14 AZ TechCelerator tenant requests.

Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital held their ribbon cutting and open house on November 19. The hospital will officially open its doors this month. The $17.5 million rehabilitation hospital with 40 beds is specifically designed for treating devastating head injuries that general hospitals may not be equipped to handle. The hospital brings 140 jobs to Surprise! The hospital recently hired Dr. Raj Singh as its medical director. He is also the medical director for the Barrow Neurosurgical Associates NeuroSpine and Rehab Center and the Rehabilitation Institute of Scottsdale.

Great news! Oregano’s is coming to Surprise! I am thrilled to have this popular eatery available for our residents! More details will be available soon!

Oregano’s coming soon sign

Construction will soon begin on a new Honda dealership in Prasada. The company is in the final permitting stages now.

Pet Club is now open at the corner of Greenway and Cotton in District 3.

General Plan Summit

Surprise City Council and Surprise Planning and Zoning Commissioners hosted the 2015 Annual General plan Summit on December 4 at City Hall. Department Directors presented the City’s progress toward achieving the Surprise General Plan 2035 goals and policies, discussed the Economic Development Strategic Plan, provided an update to the OTS Heritage District and conversed about City Monument Gateways.

John Lenio, with the commercial real estate firm CBRE, served as the guest speaker and provided a private sector point of view to Economic Development.

Eric Fitzer speaks at General plan Summit

City Council approved several amendments to some land-use elements of the Surprise General Plan 2035 at the Special Council Meeting on December 19.

Key changes include replacing the Village Plan requirements from the development process, with a “Character Area” approach, to provide more flexibility in establishing land-use concepts and building forms to create a unified city. Wildlife Corridors remain within the conservation element and the overall General Plan. Open space is designated within the land-use element.

Prior to the council vote, Community Development hosted a 60-day review period allowing for public input on the proposed changes and hundreds of you helped via an online survey. Public Hearings were held before the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council.

New Parks in Surprise

The City held a ribbon cutting celebration for our two newest parks, Veramonte Community Park and Surprise Farms Park, on November 14. Veramonte Community Park located at 12741 N. 140th Avenue, features restrooms, a splash pad, a parking lot and other new park amenities. Surprise Farms Park, located at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South, features a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.

children at play on slash pad children skating at skate park

1st Annual Veterans Day Parade

The City hosted its first inaugural Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11. There were approximately 70 parade entries and 4,500 attendees. I was extremely proud to walk alongside Debbie Lee who is an accomplished author, public speaker and political activist who has traveled the nation telling her son, Marc Lee’s, amazing story and advocating for our troops, their families and the families of our fallen soldiers. Marc Lee was killed in action and became the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq in August 2006. Ms. Lee founded America’s Mighty Warriors (AMW). AMW is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that honors troops, the fallen and their families with programs that improve their quality of life, resiliency and recovery.

623strong was honored to host their 1st Annual America’s Mighty Warriors Challenge fundraiser at DreamCatcher Park on Veterans Day. This competition is unlike any other and represents the heart and dedication of what AMW stands for and strives to instill in the community. The female and male winner of this cross fit style competition had the honor of riding with Debbie Lee in the Surprise Veterans Day parade.

Surprise Dial-A-Ride

With demand for the City’s Dial-A-Ride service increasing, the City Council recently voted to fund an increase in the number of weekday trips offered by the service.

These additional funds have increased the weekday trip cap from 140 to 160 one-way trips per day through the close of the fiscal year in June. A request to sustain the increase will be submitted to the City Council during the FY2017 budget process.

This increase comes after the recent announcement that Surprise Dial-A-Ride now offers holiday service, which is capped at 30 one-way trips per day.

Dial-A-Ride’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays have a cap of 30 one-way trips.

As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.

All Dial-A-Ride service requirements remain the same and can be viewed at

Spring Training

The 14th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Wednesday, Mar. 2 at the Surprise Recreation Campus – The Campus of Champions – featuring Surprise’s home teams: the Kansas City Royals – 2015 World Series Champion and Texas Rangers – 2015 American League Western Division Champion.

The box office is now open! Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with at 888.755.2583 or online at Service charges may apply to online and phone orders.

Individual tickets and season packages are available. Individual game ticket prices range from $8 in the lawn to $30 in the premium lower dugout and include free parking. Four premium games (see schedule below) have been designated with individual ticket pricing ranging from $13-$35.

Ticket packages available include Full Season, Home Team Half Season, and Home Team 7-Packs. All packages include priority seating and VIP Parking. Full Season and Half Season packages include a VIP season ticket reception.

For questions or more information, please check our website at or call 623.222.2222.

2016 Spring Training Schedule
*Schedule subject to change | Premium Games

Mar 2 Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 3 Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 4 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 5 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 6 Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 7 San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 8 Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 9 Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 10 Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 11 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 12 Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 13 Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 14 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 15 Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 16 Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 17 Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
Mar 18 Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 19 Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 20 Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers 1:05pm
Mar 21 Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 22 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
Mar 23 Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 24 Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 25 San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
Mar 26 Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 27 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 28 San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 29 San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
Mar 30 Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers 12:05 p.m.

Shop Surprise!

Please remember that when you choose to shop in Surprise, you are helping shape our community. The money you spend here, stays here. In fact, local sales tax makes up nearly 40% of the city’s General Fund revenues. This money is used for Surprise Police, Surprise Fire-Medical, street maintenance and our parks!

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Registration for Youth Sports Programs is open

Registration is open through Jan. 23 for a variety of City of Surprise youth sports programs, including softball, tee-ball and baseball.

The final registration day, Jan. 23, is a special Saturday registration, which will be held from 8-11 a.m. at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Normal office hours are Monday – Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m. Registration can also be completed online at

The following sports are open for registration:

Babe Ruth Girls Softball League (Girls, 7–16 years old) – Teaches the game of softball in the spirit of sportsmanship, fun and wholesome competition. An emphasis is placed on the development of skills and the value of teamwork.

12U, 14U & 16U participants will undergo a skills evaluation to be drafted to a team. The skills evaluation will be held Saturday, Feb. 27. Age is determined on or before December 31, 2016.

Cal Ripken Youth Tee-ball – NEW 4-5 year old division! (Boys and Girls, 4 – 6 years old) – The road to the “Big Leagues” starts here! The Cal Ripken tee-ball program will offer separate 4-5 year old and 5-6 year old divisions. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals and skills associated with the game of baseball in an atmosphere where participation and fun are top priority. Age is determined on or before April 30, 2016.

Cal Ripken Baseball League (Boys and Girls, 7-12 years old) – This league will concentrate highly on instruction and will emphasize the development of fundamental skills over wins and losses. Participants registered in the Major (10-12) American League 46/60 or National League 50/70 division will undergo a skills evaluation and will be drafted to a team. The skills evaluation will be held Saturday, Feb. 27. Age is determined on or before April 30, 2016.

The City of Surprise welcomes you to volunteer for the upcoming Spring Sports Season. The Community and Recreation Services Department is dedicated to providing our volunteers the information and confidence they need to have a fun and successful season. If you are interested, please complete a volunteer application at the Community and Recreation Services Office.

For registration or program fee information, please contact the Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit

Opinion Piece

Being a school administrator and working in education for the last few decades, I’ve personally witnessed the effect that social media has had on students. Students have more information at their fingertips now than ever before. Think about this – According to Pew Research Center, 73% of wired American teens (ages 12-17) utilize social networking sites! While the ease of mobile social media can be utilized as an educational tool and assist with our youth’s studies, it is also damaging. It has been used as a haven for bullying and utilized for schools, specifically colleges, as a source for viewing applicants’ online profiles.

Social media is also distracting! According to CommonSense Media, a nonprofit group that studies children’s use of technology, 69% of American high schools have banned use or even possession of mobile devices on school grounds.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the danger of social media as well. Schools and parents need to continue to monitor, to the best of our abilities, the social networking sites of our youth not only because it distracts them for their schoolwork but to also keep them safe!

In closing, I wish you and your families a wonderful, safe, happy, healthy new year!

My best,

Councilman John Williams
District 3

Vice Mayor John Williams’ Quarterly Newsletter – Sept. 2015

It is hard to believe that fall is upon us as is the last quarter of 2015. As we move into the last three months of the year, I want to reiterate just how deeply committed your Council is to Surprise’s youth, veterans, community engagement and economic development.

Voter Engagement

The City of Surprise has been designated as an Early Voting Site for the Northwest Valley for the November 2015 election. All registered voters within Maricopa County will be able to vote at City Hall, including voters from Surprise, El Mirage, Waddell, Wittmann, etc. With that being said, there will be no voting at City Hall on Election Day since the site has only been designated as a satellite early voting location.

Please make note of these important dates:

  • Monday, October 5th – Voter registration closes
  • Wednesday, October 7th – Early voting begins at Surprise City Hall (City Clerk’s Office)
  • Friday, October 23rd – Last day to request an Early Ballot be mailed to you
  • Friday, October 30th – Early voting ends at City Hall at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 3rd – General Election Day

If you are not voting early, please go to your designated polling location to vote in person. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on November 3. For more information, please feel free to call the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.3535, or you can visit our website at

Veterans Day Events

The City of Surprise will host its First Annual Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The parade will honor the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run along Bullard Avenue.

I hope to see you there!

America’s Mighty Warriors (AMW)

623Strong is hosting the 1st Annual America’s Mighty Warrior Fitness Challenge on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The fitness events will include a 5K run/walk around the Campus, a Splash and Dash event, and two versions of a fitness competition, called the Mark Lee Challenge, that requires participants to swim 150M, run 1 mile, and complete a series of fitness moves that include 14 rounds of 8 cleans, 2 push press, and 6 burpees (representing Marc Lee’s call number Charlie One Four, and the date of his passing on August 2, 2006). The event will support America’s Mighty Warriors (AMW), a 501c3 founded by Marc Alan Lee’s mother, Debbie Lee, after Marc was killed in combat in 2006. Marc was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq, and Ms. Lee, a resident of Surprise, continues to support families of our fallen through her non-profit. To learn more about Debbie and her mission, visit

The winner of the competition will be honored, along with AMW Founder Ms. Debbie Lee, in the City’s first annual Veterans Day Parade. For event details or to register go to

Anthony Bates Cardiac Screenings at Willow Canyon High School on October 3

DYSART UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – On Saturday, October 3, the Anthony Bates Foundation will offer cardiac screenings at Willow Canyon High School from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A High School athlete dies every three days from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the United States. SCD is the single largest killer in the United States with symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations and lightheadedness. The screenings are a preemptive approach to often hidden ailments and will be available for a tax-deductible donation of $65 per student or $75 for adults.

The Anthony Bates Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization formed in 2002 and is dedicated to save young lives through early detection of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The Anthony Bates Foundation is actively promoting public outreach programs through education and awareness for the need to provide heart screening events.

For an appointment, interested participants should call (602) 482-5606 or email Appointments will be held at Willow Canyon High School located at 17901 W. Lundberg St. Surprise, AZ. Additional information available at

Cactus Road Update

For residents in the southwest portion of District 3, including students and faculty of Paradise Honors High School and Shadow Ridge High School, Cactus Road improvements are coming! The hold-up has been gaining right-of-way along the portion of Cactus between Cotton lane and 175th Avenue. While there is no timeline to date, we are working hard on this and have high hopes that this can be completed within the next few months. If you have any questions or concerns, please shoot me an email or give me a call!

Surprise Youth Update

The Surprise Literacy Challenge kicks off in October and runs through February. The literacy challenge is open to all schools in the Surprise area for grades 4th – 6th. Last year, nine schools competed with 70 classrooms participating. The purpose of the reading challenge is to build upon the emphasis in reading that typically takes place with younger students and their development and to encourage reading outside of the school day. The overall winning 4th & 5th grade classrooms citywide will get a special pizza party where they will be awarded medals and also get recognized at a City Council meeting where the Mayor will present the class with a trophy. The overall winning 6th grade classroom citywide will be recognized down on the field at a Spring Training game where they will receive their medals and trophy. Tickets will be provided for the game along with a food voucher for each student.

The elected officers of the Surprise Youth Council attended the League of AZ Cities & Towns Conference in Tucson on August 19. Youth Mayor, Nithya S., represented the City of Surprise in the opening Ceremonies and Parade of Flags. Nithya S., Jada H. , & Anthony C. along with Youth Services Administrator, Paul Bernardo, and I presented a session with the Globe City Manager, Brent Billingsley, and Goodyear City Council Member, Joanne Osborne. The session topic was Innovative Ideas and Strategies for Successful Partnerships. We talked about the SYC Strategic Plan and variety of programs the City of Surprise is doing with Youth. Twenty other Youth Councils were in attendance and guest speakers presented sessions on the Entrepreneurial Civic Leader and 101 Ways to Change the World. The officers also networked with the other Youth Councils, shared information, and enjoyed lunch with me and Surprise City Council Members Jim Biundo & Skip Hall.

Youth Council members will be volunteering at the City G.A.I.N. Night on October 3 as well as the Senior Idol event on October 14. Watch for more news about the Surprise Youth Council in the coming months as they begin to implement various aspects of their Strategic Plan including a public awareness campaign around a teen issue, a teen special event and partnership with the West Valley Art Council and City’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission on a mural project.

SYC logo

Surprise Competitive Sports

The City of Surprise is now accepting team registrations for its competitive youth soccer league this fall. The fall competitive youth soccer league includes 10U, 12U and 14U competitive divisions for boys and girls. The league will begin in early November. Games will be played on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings at local Surprise venues.

Registration is open now through September 26 at the Community and Recreation Services Office located 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. A special Saturday registration event is also scheduled onsite for September 26 from 8 am until 11 am.

The City has designed the competitive sports program to provide youth athletes with a wide range of organized sports activities that assist with skill development and personal growth while providing the atmosphere and fundamental tools to compete at a high level. This league encourages sportsmanship, enjoyment, cooperative participation and socialization with peers.

For additional information regarding youth competitive sports opportunities, please visit www.surpriseaz/recreation.

Upcoming Registration Dates:

Registration for fall youth sports including girls’ volleyball, Babe Ruth softball and Cal Ripken tee-ball and baseball began on September 8. Registration will be offered through September 25, with a special Saturday registration on September 26 from 8 am until 11 am at the Community and Recreation Services Office located 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

Fall Line-Up of Teen Events – The City of Surprise is thrilled to offer teens a full lineup of fun and exciting things to do this fall! Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Sierra Montana Open Recreation

Foosball, karaoke, video games and so much more are available all month long. Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14821 N Spring Lane. Open Recreation is free to join with a completed registration form. Ages 11 and up are welcome; children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Teen Pool Party

It’s the end of summer in Surprise, but only the beginning of fun planned for the aquatic center! The Surprise Aquatic Center will be making a splash Friday, September 18 from 7-10 p.m. with the Surprise Teen Pool Party for ages 13-17. The $5 entry fee includes night swimming, contests, inflatables, music and prizes! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Dodgeball Tournament

Duck, dip, dive and dodge! Gather your friends for a friendly co-ed dodgeball competition on Saturday, September 26 from 5-9 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, located at 15038 N. Parkview Place. The $5 entry fee includes individual tournament participation, food, drinks and fun. Youth ages 13-17 can participate.

Teen Night

A cool event for 6-8th graders featuring music, dancing, dodgeball, video games and more. It’s happening October 9 from 7-10 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14821 N Spring Lane. The entry fee is $5.

Haunted Maze

Find your way through a spooky maze at Sierra Montana Recreation Center this fall. The maze will be open nightly October 29 – 31 from 6-9 p.m. Sierra Montana Recreation Center is located at 14861 N. Spring Lane. $5 entry for screamers of all ages. Children under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bubble Soccer Tournament

Put on a bubble and bash into your friends at the upcoming co-ed Bubble Soccer Tournament on Saturday, November 21 from 5-9 p.m.! The tournament will take place at 8 Acres Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. The tournament is open to teens ages 13-17. The individual cost to participate is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Teams of five are welcome.

Jr. Sundancer Volunteer Program

The City of Surprise Junior Sundancer Volunteer Organization offers cool ways for youth to give back to their community while completing community service hours! The Community and Recreation Services Department offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities at its events and community programs. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Tim Manley at 623.222.2264 or

Be sure to follow Surprise Teen Programs on Facebook at to keep up with exciting events and opportunities! For more information regarding Surprise Teen Programs or other programs offered by the Community and Recreation Services Department, please call 623.222.2000.

As always, thank you for your support.

Vice Mayor John Williams



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Vice Mayor John Williams’ Quarterly Newsletter – May 2015

The City has really been moving and shaking this quarter!  It’s hard to believe we are approaching summer already.  With all the activity, I wanted to update you on a few things.

Impact Ed

In my last edition, I briefly mentioned the Educational Opportunities Stakeholders Group now known as Impact Ed.  As the key component to economic development and our State’s future, leaders need collaborate and formulate creative and innovative ways to improve education locally and regionally.  Councilman Jim Biundo and I are diligently working to form this stakeholders group to improve Arizona’s education system.  We have invited other elected officials, business leaders, public safety officials, school administrators and developers to join Impact Ed.

My goal is to meet on a monthly basis and explore ways in which we can retain talented teachers and support vital programs so that our children get the very best education possible.  It is my ultimate goal to form solutions with Impact Ed that can be relayed to our State legislators as they enter the 2016 legislative session.  If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact me.  I welcome the opportunity to explore our educational concerns and help build a stronger system together!

Voter Engagement

During the 2015 National League of Cities Conference in Washington DC, I attended a dynamic and interactive workshop on community engagement.  This particular workshop provided incredible detail and reaffirmed much of what we are already doing in the City of Surprise; however, there were also some new and innovative strategies discussed.  Keys to engaging citizenry, roadblocks that limit citizen engagement and tips for improvement were shared.

Upon my return from the trip, I met with staff and formed a Community Engagement Work Group that will be led by City Clerk Sherry Aguilar and staff representing each department.  Since the initial meeting, the City has hosted several voter registration events, and the formation of Neighborhood Association Committees (NAC) will be discussed at an upcoming Committee on Community Outreach Partnership & Grants meeting later this month.

Neighborhood associations help identify challenges and concerns, support change and improvement efforts, help resolve conflicts, provide volunteers for community initiatives, represent the neighborhood as a whole to elected officials and find resources to make their respective neighborhoods a better place to live.  In summary, a neighborhood association is a group of neighbors and business owners who voluntarily work together for changes and improvements such as neighborhood safety, beautification and social activities.  They help reinforce rules and regulations through education, peer pressure and simply looking out for each other.

Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee

The Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee met several times this past quarter to review the benefits of funding 11 capital improvement projects through possible General Obligation bonds; welcome public input; identify appropriate communication methods for educating residents and voters; and provide City Council with a written report of their findings this month.  City Council will consider its position relative to a bond ballot initiative in June.

The 17-member committee includes members of the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Community and Recreation Advisory Commission, with two members from the Dysart Unified School District, one Nadaburg School District delegate and a member of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce to serve as the chair.

Specific projects were included in three categories that were evaluated by City staff.  Widening of portions of Greenway, Litchfield and Happy Valley roads, a new fire station, police property and evidence facility, court accessibility and safety items, a regional multi-generational recreation center, aquatic center, and 8 Acre Park improvements are currently on the list.

Surprise Youth Update

The City of Surprise Teen Summit was held on April 23rd in the City Hall Complex.  The purpose of the summit, now in its 8th year, is to provide a venue where teens can get excited about making positive changes in their community, their schools and in their lives.  160 high school students from Surprise were in attendance including public, charter and homeschooled teens.  The summit coordinated by Marla Babb, Recreation Manager, and staff from the City’s Community and Recreation Services department, included breakout sessions on funding your college education, team building, and safe driving habits.  The keynote speaker for the event was Mona Dixon, former Boys & Girls Club of America Youth of the year, who went from living on the streets and in homeless shelters to graduating college.  She delivered a strong message to take control and make things happen for yourself.

The Surprise Youth Council (SYC) has been busy the past month helping at events and providing feedback on city related plans and initiatives.  Members of the SYC led activities at the Teen Summit and volunteered at the WHAM Recycle Arts & Youth Festival.  City Planning staff presented the City’s Art Master Plan, Heritage District Overly Plan & City’s General Plan to the teens to get their input and educate them about what’s planned for their community.  SYC members are also reviewing the City’s potential Capital Improvement Projects in preparation for providing their feedback at an upcoming City Council meeting.  Maricopa County Library System also presented their teen programs to the SYC in an effort to increase participation and recruit potential volunteers.  The SYC is also looking to partner with the Surprise regional library on a Teen Techs program to help older residents understand and better use all of the features on their phones, computers, tablets and other technology.  The SYC is comprised of twenty-five 6th – 11th grade students representing 14 different middle & high schools in the Surprise area.

Surprise Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports was added to the FY14-15 budget. The inaugural offerings for competitive volleyball and basketball did not come to fruition due to lack of interest; however, competitive soccer registered a total of 8 teams, (4 teams in 10u boys and 4 teams in 12u girls) when the season kicked off in mid-March.  The regular season concluded on Saturday, May 2nd and the single elimination league tournament will start on May 5th.

The initial response from players, coaches, parents, and spectators has been overwhelmingly positive.  We have had several players, coaches and parents express their gratitude to the City for “finally offering a competitive league”.

Upcoming Registration Dates:

Competitive Youth Basketball – Separate boys & girls, 10u, 12u, and 14u competitive youth basketball divisions will be offered.  Registration begins July 6th.  Games begin on August 17th.

Competitive Youth Volleyball – Girls 10u, 12u, and 14u divisions will be offered.  Registration begins July 6th. Games will begin on August 17th.

Competitive Girls Fastpitch Softball – Girls 10u, 12u, and 14u divisions will be offered.  Registration begins August 17th. Games will begin on September 21st.

Competitive Baseball – 10u, 11u, and 12u divisions will be offered.  Registration begins August 17th. Games will begin on September 21st.

Competitive Youth Soccer – Separate boys & girls 10u, 12u, and 14u competitive youth soccer divisions will be offered.  Registration begins September 8th.  Games will begin on November 2nd.


Vice Mayor John Williams’ Quarterly Newsletter – Feb 2015

Happy New Year to District 3!   At the first regular City Council meeting of the year, I was honored to be appointed as the City’s Vice Mayor.  I look forward to serving Surprise as Vice Mayor and as your Councilman.  This year, 2015, brings with it many challenges, and many opportunities.  My efforts for all projects, initiatives, and issues will be to continue to serve the residents of District 3 and make decisions that serve the greater good for all of our community.

Surprise Youth Council
For the past 8 years I’ve worked on several youth initiatives and projects, attempting each time to engage our youth, battling apathy and encouraging civic engagement.  This year, with the emergence of our Youth Administrator and the adoption of the Surprise Youth Council (SYC), we have taken all these projects and initiatives and built a solid, sustainable youth leadership group.  The SYC is designed to improve the level of activity and engagement among youth and all Surprise residents with the City of Surprise. The group will be advisory to the City Council on issues, initiatives, projects and program implementation citywide.  They will have an opportunity to write their own path for our city, developing projects and programs, and implementing policy and procedures that impact the city as a whole.

The purpose of the city developing, implementing, and enthusiastically supporting the SYC is to provide real-life opportunities for our future leaders to learn, grow, and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a civic leader.  SYC is comprised of 25 students representing five of our local high schools and nine of our local middle schools.  Student members were selected through an application and nomination process that included the submission of their own personal introductory video.  The videos were 1-2 minute PSAs on why they wanted to be part of the SYC.  It gave the students an opportunity to demonstrate, in a creative and innovative way, their knowledge of the city, their passion for serving as a voice for all of Surprise youth, and their purposeful commitment to serve the city.

For this group, it is a rare opportunity to build something from the ground up and make a difference in their community.  SYC leadership positions will be modeled after City Council, with a youth mayor, vice mayor and committee chairs.  Officers will take turns holding a non-voting seat at the Dias during City Council meetings.

This diverse group will be challenged by extensive training in how to work together and be leaders in their community.  They will work side by side with adult leaders including our Mayor and City Council.  The SYC will identify issues important to them and implement their ideas to solve problems and make a difference.  This will be done through a variety of events, community service projects and a broad social media and communications/marketing plan.

Due to the timing of the program, this group will serve through next school year.  We will begin the recruitment process for any vacancies around March 2016.

Surprise Youth Council

SYC with Vice Mayor and Council

Community Workshops
The City began the New Year hosting community meetings at various locations in hopes to receive public input for updating key elements of our existing General Plan 2035.  General Plan 2035 is a blueprint for the City’s future growth and development and it provides a means of providing long-range perspective and framework for more specific planning.  It addresses land use, economic development, housing, recreation and open spaces and much more.

Surprise witnessed a 281% increase in population growth from 2000 to 2010.  MAG estimates that our City will see another increase of approximately 30,000 between now and 2020.  The General Plan will help us plan for that growth accordingly.  The data we received from MAG also states that 91.3% of our residents travel outside of Surprise to work.  The City Council and City staff are working diligently to increase our economic development to create more employment here.  As of now, most employment in the City are in the fields of educational services, health care and social assistance.  A large percentage of our residents work in the fields of office management, office support, administrative support and sales.

Growing Surprise
As part of the City Manager’s commitment to increase economic development, he hired Jeanine Jerkovic in December as the new Director to our Economic Development Department.  Jeanine brings incredible experience from working as an Economic Development Administrator for the City of Glendale and the City of Peoria.  She is a fantastic addition to our leadership team.  Jeanine is also a resident of Surprise.

Upcoming Events

Looking back on 2014, there were so many accomplishments that were the result of hard-working City of Surprise staff and our dedicated City Council.

February will serve as the kick-off to baseball in Surprise.  You will find collegiate baseball’s finest at Surprise Stadium for the Spring Training Baseball Classic beginning February 13-February 16 as teams from Oregon State, Northwestern University, Michigan State and the University of New Mexico will be competing.  The BIG 12-PAC 12 Spring Training Baseball Challenge will be February 19-February 22 hosting Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Utah, Kansas, Kansas State and Washington State.

Join Mayor Wolcott and the Surprise City Council Monday, February 23, at the 13th Annual Mayor’s Welcome Back Luncheon where guests will have an exclusive opportunity to hear about the upcoming Season directly from Team Staff and members of both organizations.  Tickets for this event are now available for purchase at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Office located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 pm.

The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals are headed back to Surprise for the 2015 Spring Training season! The season will begin Wednesday, March 4 with the 13th Annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game featuring the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Surprise Stadium will continue to celebrate the American League Champions as they prepare and work their way back into the 2015 MLB Post-Season throughout a series of promotional events;  Saturday, March 7th- Kansas City Royals American League Championship Day Celebration; Sundays-Military Appreciation Day and Mondays-Senior Day at the Ballpark.

Be a part of the 2015 Spring Sports Festival and purchase your tickets at the Surprise Stadium Box Office – now open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m-2 p.m. For more information regarding events and ticket promotions please visit or contact the box office at 623-222-2222.

Competitive Youth Sports:  Hoops, Soccer & Swim!!
The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department is accepting team registrations for the inaugural Competitive Basketball League and Competitive Soccer League!  Boys or girls teams may register in the 10U, 12U or 14U division for a fee of $1,200.00. All three divisions will follow National Federation of High Schools rules and will play a 10-game regular season, followed by a single elimination league tournament. Games will begin in early March and the league tournament will conclude by April 25, 2015.

For more information on any of these competitive leagues, please contact Paul Frie at 623-222-2240 or

If your children are interested in the water, the Surprise Storm is now the competitive club swim team here in Surprise.  There is room for all competitive swimmers with three separate levels that divide the various ages and skill sets of the athletes.  Swimmers compete state wide, with upcoming events at Glendale Community College and Phoenix Country Day School.  For more information on Surprise swim, contact Head Coach Tim Manley at

Educational Opportunities Stakeholders Group
This year, I will be forming and leading discussions on ways to support and improve educational opportunities in Surprise.  Working in tandem with Councilmember Jim Biundo, and our local education leaders, this stakeholders group is looking to improve education in our community, striving for Educational Excellence in Surprise.

Why is education a critical issue for a municipality?  As we continue to grow into the future, the economic viability of our community is critically linked to the educational opportunities we provide to our residents.  When businesses, small and large, look to lay their roots in Surprise education is a high-priority.

Safe communities are communities with high-performing educational institutions.  Education is the great equalizer when it comes to affording opportunities to youth that will keep them on a clear path for success.  When this path is obstructed, altered, or derailed, the result may be a path that leads to trouble for our youth.  This will undoubtedly lead to an increase in preventable crime, and diminish the amenities we enjoy in this clean, safe and secure community.

The Surprise Educational Opportunities Stakeholders group will come together to formulate creative and innovative ways to improve educational opportunities at the local and regional levels. This is an opportunity to have a positive impact on providing and improving educational opportunities from Pre-K through Higher Education.

We are looking for parents, business owners, teachers, students, and other community members that are vested in the success of our local schools to participate in this conversation.  If you have any interest please contact me via email at

Get Engaged, Be Active in Surprise
Being active in the community you reside in is such a critical component to a successful neighborhood and City.  The City has several opportunities for you to participate.  Some of our Boards & Commissions currently have openings including the Health Benefits Trust Fund Board and the Building & Construction Review Board.  Please feel free to contact the City Clerk, Sherry Aguilar at 623-222-1000 for more information.

John Williams being sworn in as Vice Mayor

The Surprise City Council appointed District 3 Councilmember John Williams as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Williams has served District 3 since 2008 and previously served as Vice Mayor in 2012. As a teacher, parent and husband, John brings a community perspective to his commitment to serve as a voice for all residents.

John is a certified teacher and for the last several years has been building the Peoria Unified School District’s Career and Technical Education Sports Medicine program.

A graduate of Hofstra University in New York, John also holds a Masters in Health Science from Towson University in Maryland.

John and Melissa have three children, Connor, Ashlyn, and Matthew.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30, and the Vice Mayor acts for the Mayor in the event of absence.

Councilman John Williams’ Quarterly Newsletter – Sept. 2014

What’s Happening at City Hall?

New Leadership Team
As many of you have observed, since City Manager Chris Hillman left us for Irving, Texas, there have been a number of administrative changes. We have a new City Manager, Bob Wingenroth, who brings a positive servant leadership approach to our community. I am very excited to have Bob on board, and I have the utmost confidence that he has the expertise, professional tact, compassion for others, perseverance and tenacity to be a great leader for our City.

City Manager Bob Wingenroth
City Manager Bob Wingenroth
Assistant City Manager Rick Buss
Assistant City Manager Rick Buss
Assistant City Manger April Reynolds
Assistant City Manger April Reynolds









Mr. Wingenroth has chosen April Reynolds and Rick Buss as his Assistant City Managers. Rick Buss is a long-time public servant who brings years of expertise in the area of economic and community development. Formerly, he served as the Town Manager for Gila Bend where he led groundbreaking efforts in sustainable energy and economic development. Mr. Buss is responsible for the Public Works, Economic Development and Community Development Departments.

April Reynolds was promoted to Assistant City Manager after years of serving as our Human Resources Director. Mrs. Reynolds, a four year veteran of the US Air Force, has been employed with our City for 10 years. She is responsible for the Human Resources, Communications and IT Departments.

Youth Services Administrator
I am very excited to announce the hiring of Paul Bernardo in the capacity of Youth Services Administrator. Paul’s resume is very impressive and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and credentials from previous positions he held with two other municipalities, the Boys and Girls Club of America and the YMCA.

Paul Bernardo
Paul Bernardo

The Youth Services Administrator is a new position within the City that supports and promotes civic engagement for all ages. There are times when we, as a community, are not fully engaged or invested. There are many factors for the apathy that exist, some of which are related to our very busy lives, long commutes and slow-to-recover economy that have forced other issues in our daily lives to take precedence. That said, our duties as citizens are to ensure our leadership is held accountable and to do that, we must activate our civil liberties. To regain this passion and demonstrate the importance of civic engagement, the Youth Services Administrator will be responsible for promoting youth engagement, initiating projects to build a stronger community and utilizing talent and resources to erase the barriers that exist whether age, socioeconomic, or otherwise. I’m excited to have Paul on board, and I’m confident that he will bring passion to the job and model the behaviors reflective of a civic leader in our community.

Youth Master Plan
Over the past several months, I’ve met with a number of school principals and education leaders. The purpose of these meetings is to continue to build relationships with all educational institutions, analyze what we are doing well, and then plan for the future as part of the construction of a Youth Master Plan. The Youth Master Plan will define what we need to plan for to meet the needs of growing families in Surprise. We all know that youth are grossly underserved, and as we climb out of the economic meltdown, we must prioritize and make critical program and development decisions so that we are truly meeting the needs of Surprise youth and families. The Master Plan will be constructed by Surprise youth, so if you have a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, friend, or neighbor who might want to contribute, send them my way!

Youth Civic Leaders Program
The Surprise Youth Civic Leaders Program (YCLP) is designed to improve the level of activity and engagement among youth and all residents within the City of Surprise. The YCLP is not a formal commission; therefore, it has no limitations on participation. Selection into the program is based on specific criteria outlined in detail on the YCLP application and the completion of a panel interview with members of the Surprise City Council. The program is open to all Surprise high school students. To download the application, please visit

Education Update

Dysart Unified School District
I am pleased to say that Dysart Unified School District has been representing our City very well over the last year with a variety of awards and accolades. Most recently, the Washington, D.C. Center for America Progress identified Dysart as one of the top districts in Arizona with high achievement despite a low-cost operations budget. The 2014 Return on Educational Investment report compared the District’s operational budget to state test results in math and reading, school enrollment, special education student stats, student poverty numbers and federal cost-of-living information. Additionally, Dysart Unified School District received a 2014 Accountability Profile label of “A” from the Arizona Department of Education.

Shadow Ridge High School
The Shadow Ridge High School Signature Architecture Program is, for the second time, SkillsUSA National Champions for Architectural Drafting. The SRHS Signature Architecture Program is now the top-rated high school architectural drafting program in the nation.

In addition to the aforementioned award, Shadow Ridge High School was also named a 2014 Best High School and earned a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report. This year’s accomplishments include Signature Architecture Program student Reed Freeman being awarded the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Rensselaer Medalist Scholarship, Daniel Cox becoming the school’s first athlete (wrestling) to win a state championship and the boys varsity basketball team advancing to the state playoffs.

Valley Vista High School
Valley Vista High School was also recently named a 2014 Best High School and earned a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report, a recognized publisher of education news and information.

Sunset Hills Elementary School
Karen Winterstein, Principal of Sunset Hills Elementary School, has earned the prestigious title of 2014 Principal of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Imagine Prep & Arizona Charter Academy
Students from Imagine Prep and Arizona Charter Academy participated in the Capitol Scholars Program over the last few months. I sponsored the awards ceremony for the schools to acknowledge the students who participated and the teachers who guided them. The Capitol Scholars Program was developed a few years ago by Representative Rick Gray. City Hall hosted the program workshops, which began in April. The workshops included discussions on writing, research, transforming bills into ideas, debating and public speaking, and more. The students will travel to the State Capitol on September 26th to present the bills they created and to participate in a mock legislative session.

Image Prep Students
Students participating in the Capitol Scholars Program

The Capitol Scholars Program Awards Ceremony was held in the Mayor’s Atrium on Friday, September 5th. I am so proud of the students who participated. The hard work and creativity of the participants is exceptional!

CM Williams 1
Addressing the reception attendees.
CM Williams 2
Me and Rep. Rick Gray at the reception.

Transportation Update

Waddell & 175th Interchange
Residents, school parents and others have raised the issue of the traffic flowing east and west on Waddell Road between Cotton Lane and Verde Vista, especially during the AM and PM traffic volume peaks. The most common question is why westbound traffic is prevented from turning left onto 175th Avenue. This concern is valid and it clearly impacts traffic negatively in this area.

I recently met with City staff to champion improvements in this area. Our Public Works Department is now in the process of conducting a traffic study, including the redesign of the median and westbound lanes, to allow vehicles to safely turn left onto 175th Avenue. While we are still identifying a construction timeline, the City is targeting winter break as an ideal time to make the improvements since the two nearby schools are not in session at that time. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Mike Gent, Interim Public Works Director, at

Bell & Grand Avenue Interchange
Big changes are coming to the City’s busiest intersection as ADOT prepares for improvements at Bell Road and Grand Avenue. Plans will allow ADOT to construct a new Bell Road bridge to travel over both Grand Avenue and the adjacent Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad tracks. The bridge will eliminate the existing intersection where Bell Road is currently located. This option minimizes impact to area businesses. Construction is set to begin in late 2015.

Grand Avenue will connect to the new Bell Road bridge via on and off ramps traveling to and from Grand Avenue’s center median area. This particular option was supported by City Council as well as the majority of residents in a city-wide survey. For more information, you can visit or email

HOA Information

If you would like me or any of the City staff to attend your meetings, please let me know. We would appreciate the opportunity to be present and available. You can email me with your request or call me via my contact information below.

Mark Your Calendar!

District 3 Meetings
I am looking for a number of Surprise residents, both young and experienced, that will be willing to meet monthly to provide insight into the growing needs of our City and our District. The only requirements are that you live in, work in, or operate a business in District 3. If you are interested, please email as soon as possible. The first meeting is scheduled for September 18 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. This meeting will be a free-flowing discussion on issues important to those members, as well as an opportunity for me to review some major decisions coming up and gather community feedback. Please RSVP to me, prior to September 15, at

Surprise Fiesta Grande
Mark your calendar so you can attend the Surprise Fiesta Grande on October 4th from noon until 9 p.m. The Surprise Fiesta Grande will be a street-style festival along Grand Avenue and Hollyhock Street. Admission will be free! There will be live music, dancing, a classic car show, a kid zone with piñatas and interactive games, authentic Mexican food, festive beverages, chalk art, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, an adult softball tournament and much more. We hope to see you there!
Surprose Fiesta Grande
Check Your Email Account
My new City Council website will be ready beginning in October. Please be sure to check it for valuable information affecting District 3 and the City. Additionally, we will be sending updates via email providing you sign up for my newsletter through Notify Me. Please click here to sign-up. I am honored to represent District 3 and I’m always looking for ways to keep you informed!

Please note that I will be sending my newsletters quarterly. Thank you!

Did You Know?

Facts and Figures of Surprise AZ



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.