City Council Work Session
Arts & Economic Prosperity Report
West Valley Arts HQ Executive Director Bernadette Carroll provided a presentation on the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report. The Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report was conducted by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization aimed at advancing the arts in America. This report provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the West Valley Region – one that generates $23 million in total economic activity. This spending, $13.2 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, and an additional $9.8 million in event-related spending by their audiences, supports 758 full-time equivalent jobs; generates $18 million in household income to local residents; and delivers $2.6 million in local and state government revenue.
This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the West Valley Region’s economic well-being. For more information on the report, please visit https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/research-studies-publications/arts-economic-prosperity-5.
City Council Meeting
Earlier this year, City Council approved a Capital Improvement Project to construct eight additional pickleball courts adjacent to the existing courts at Community Park. The Surprise Pickleball Association has been highly supportive of this project and has donated $34,000 to add four sets of bleachers and two shade structures around the new courts.
Events & Meetings
Grand Openings and Ribbon Cuttings in Surprise
This past week, we celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cuttings of a few new businesses in Surprise. Sonoran Sun Pediatric Therapy opened their doors for young patients. They are located at 15653 N. Reems Road, Suite 110, and the owners are residents of Surprise.
Sonic Drive-In hosted a ribbon cutting on Thursday, November 18, at their new store located at 17181 W. Greenway Avenue. In addition, we celebrated the ribbon cutting of FAST SIGNS and 2Knuckle Sports both located in the Brookside Shopping Center located at 15332 W. Bell Road.
Best of luck to all our new businesses. We welcome you to Surprise.
Community Conversation on Homelessness
Our Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted a community conversation on homelessness. Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilman Ken Remley and I joined city staff and the representatives from local businesses, non-profit agencies, community groups and individuals who have interaction with our homeless for this open conversation. Our goal was to share what homelessness looks like in the area from all of our perspectives and further discuss the conditions, trends, data and possible solutions.
Dysart High Schools Band Jamboree
Marching bands from Dysart, Shadow Ridge, Valley Vista and Willow Canyon high schools came together for the 1st Annual Band Jamboree at Willow Canyon High School on Monday, November 20. The program featured all four marching bands and included a drumline battle. Dysart Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Stephen Poling and I joined Glendale Community College Director of Bands Bill Humbert and volunteer Rudy Johnson to evaluate the friendly competition with a tremendously large crowd in the cheering section. Shadow Ridge High School won first place, followed by Willow Canyon (2nd place), Valley Vista (3rd place) and Dysart High School (4th place).
Mark Your Calendar
City Offices Closed This Thursday and Friday
Our city administrative offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that trash and recycling collection normally scheduled for Thursday, November 23 will occur on Friday, November 24.
Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers and, therefore, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider. Please contact City of Surprise Customer Service at 623.222.6000 if you have any questions.
Honoring An Exceptional Leader Task Force
The Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force met last week to solicit public input on ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado. The Task Force was created by the Surprise City Council, on an ad-hoc basis, to identify ways to recognize great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of the city. The task force will host their second meeting is scheduled on Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m., in the City Hall- Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.
Mr. Coronado passed away this past June, having led CRS since 2000. Under Mark’s leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events. During his tenure with the city, Mark also held the roles of Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, Acting Public Works Director and Acting Communications Director.
At the group’s November meeting, public and Task Force input recommended the following options for honoring Coronado:
- Rename Bullard Avenue in Coronado’s honor
- Rename 8-Acres Park in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the park
- Rename Surprise Stadium in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the stadium
- Rename the Surprise Recreation Campus in Coronado’s honor
- Dedicate a day of community service in Coronado’s honor
This taskforce will bring their recommendation to City Council for consideration in early 2018.
Did You Know?
Surprise Board & Commissions Openings
The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.
- Municipal Property Corporation – 1 vacancy
- Audit Committee – Resident Position (This member must have knowledge of financial reporting, accounting, auditing, or relevant fields and familiarity with local governance and operations) – 1 vacancy
- Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy
Applications for the above mentioned commission are available immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. The City Clerk’s Office is located in Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to email@example.com. Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies.
Small Business Saturday in Surprise
Small Business Saturday was proclaimed at Tuesday Night’s Council Meeting in an effort to support our city’s local businesses, which help to create jobs and boost our local economy. Small Business Saturday is as an American Express initiative that has been widely adopted by public and private organizations across the nation to encourage people to shop small the Saturday after Thanksgiving ever year.
To help localize the campaign, Surprise businesses and residents can download “Shop Small Surprise” marketing collateral to promote Small Business Saturday at www.surpriseaz.gov/shopsurprise. Show your support on social media using the hashtag #ShopSmallSurprise
The city encourages residents to shop local beyond the holiday season; that’s why we have partnered with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce on a renewed “ShopSurprise” campaign that offers local retail deals via text all year long. To start receiving daily deals, text ‘ShopSurprise’ (one word) to 85100. Additionally, please don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Shop Surprise, Arizona Facebook page and follow @ShopSurpriseAZ on Twitter.
For more information about the ShopSurprise campaign, contact the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce at 623.748.1828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. It is my honor to serve you! I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.