Surprise Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting with Councilmember Skip Hall

January 25, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

The Valley Metro RPTA Board met on Thursday, January 18. Part of the discussion was the approval of CEO Scott Smith’s goals.

Second Sundays in the Park

The City of Surprise, in partnership with State 48 Brewery, is pleased to present the Second Sunday in Park series at 8 Acre Park. There were approximately 6,500 attendees and 23 food trucks at the January event! Here are the dates, times and musicians slated for the next events:

February 11 Noon until 4 pm The Steve P Project
March 11 4 pm until 8 pm The Spirited Lads
April 8 4 pm until 8 pm Notes from Neptune

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

Special Legislative Session Called To Pass AZ Opioid Epidemic Act

Governor Doug Ducey held a press conference on Monday, January 22 to call for a special session with bipartisan support to pass the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act. Over the last few years, and with thanks to our Governor, Arizona has taken a number of steps aimed at preventing and treating opioid addiction. Last year, the state experienced the highest number of deaths in more than a decade. Through legislative action, executive order, and directly working with citizens of our state, meaningful progress in implementing policies to combat this epidemic have been made. If you or someone you know is addicted to opioids, please visit the city’s website help to connect with agencies that can help fight the addiction before it’s too late.

Special Legislative Meeting - Opiod Epidemic Act

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at WestMEC’s Northwest Campus. Incoming Chamber Board President Scott Philips and Chamber CEO Raoul Sada discussed the three C’s of the Chamber. The Chamber exists to be the Catalyst for business growth, the Convener for leaders and influencers and the Champion for stronger communities. Surprise residents and Chamber members Steve Doolittle (outgoing Board Member) and Ray Grim (outgoing Public Policy Chair) were recognized for their contributions. After the treasurer’s report, members worked in groups for a table engagement activity. My group, led by Phil Lovas, discussed how the Chamber can ensure they are advocating for the needs of the business community.

Special City Council Meeting

City Council met on Tuesday, January 22 to interview six candidates for appointment to the vacancy of the District 2 seat following the death of Councilman Jim Hayden. Those interviewed included Nancy Hayden, Alyson Cline, Robert Estep, Susan deJong, Wendell V. Fountain and Glenn L. Stark. You can watch the applicant interviews here.

The public input period for the applicants seeking the Council appointment is open now through Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m. Public comments can be received by email (, hand-delivered written responses to the City Clerk or by mail (Attn: City Clerk, Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise AZ 85374). The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, at City Hall.

To view the candidates applications visit

Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Youth Council Hosts Level 4 Event

This is one garage-top party Surprise teens will not want to miss! The Surprise Youth Council is hosting their second Level 4 teen event on February 24, 7-10 p.m. on level 4 of the city hall parking garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

High school age students will enjoy awesome music, art, dancing and fun in an adult-supervised and safe environment! Admission is free; attendees must show photo ID to be admitted. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, visit or email

Did You Know?

City of Surprise Seeking Volunteers for Commission Vacancies

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

  • Municipal Property Corporation – 1 vacancy
  • Tourism Commission (Hotel Representative) – 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commissions are available for pick-up immediately. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications are also available online @ Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to: Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies.

National Citizen Survey Coming Soon

What do you love about living in Surprise? What services do you value most? What can the city do better to improve the quality of life in our hometown? You can share your thoughts in the 2018 National Citizens Survey (NCS)! What you tell us in this survey helps to identify priority projects for Surprise and indicates where limited city funding should go in order to provide the services you most desire.

This mailed survey, conducted by the National Research Center of Boulder, Colorado, examines residents’ responses on topics ranging from traffic flow to public safety to senior and youth services. The scientific survey sample equals 1,500 surveys that will be mailed to homes throughout the city. All survey results are anonymous. The city does not know which addresses have been selected by the third-party surveyor and only receives the aggregate results.

Beginning January 29, postcards will arrive at the selected addresses advising that the survey is on the way. The survey itself, along with a postage-paid return envelope, will arrive February 5. To be sure that selected residents receive their survey, a second survey will be mailed as a follow-up on February 12. Residents who complete and mail the first survey can simply recycle the second one. Selected households will also receive instructions for how to complete the survey online.

The last NCS the city conducted was in 2015, and 90% of residents indicated they would recommend Surprise as a place to live, a rating that is “much above” surveyed cities of our size. Residents told us Safety, Mobility and the Economy were most important to them. Respondents said we need to work on improving transportation/transit options, local job choices, education and resident volunteer opportunities.

Since the 2015 survey, the city, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), completed the Bell-Grand Intersection Improvements; Greenway Road was widened; residents passed a General Obligation Bond to fund projects in Public Safety, Transportation and Pavement Preservation; and our Human Service and Community Vitality Department continues to grow volunteer opportunities, most recently hosting nearly 400 volunteers during the city’s 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration of Service.

On the education front, Ottawa University opened a campus at City Center; West-MEC’s new northwest valley campus opened last summer and Highland Prep began classes last fall.

Additionally, more than 3,000 new jobs were created in Surprise since our last survey was conducted.

If your household receives a survey, please take the time to complete it and mail it back. By participating, you are helping to make Surprise an even better community! Results are expected by early summer and will be shared online at

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