Teens finanlizing their presentation for the 2018 AZ TechCelerator Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

June 14, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

In-N-Out Burger Now Open

The much anticipated opening of In-N-Out occurred on Friday, June 8. The newest Valley location (14321 W. Bell Road) hosted a soft opening for staffers, Surprise local officials and community leaders on Thursday, June 7. Welcome to Surprise, In-N-Out!

Councilmember Skip Hall with In-N-Out Burger staff member during the soft opening in Surprise

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Feedback Meeting

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Board President Scott Phillips and CEO Raoul Sada met with me on Friday, June 8 to discuss feedback regarding the Tourism symposium that was held earlier this month. The meeting also provided us with an opportunity to discuss other partnering enhancements.

AZ TechCelerator’s 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Youthful innovation was on display June 8 at Surprise City Hall in culmination of the AZ TechCelerator’s 5th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. Fourteen students from Paradise Honors, Willow Canyon, Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge and Dysart high schools worked in teams at the city’s business incubator to identify a community need and develop a product or service to address that need.

The finale of the weeklong camp was a marketing pitch before a panel of judges in the Surprise City Council Chambers. The teens’ ideas included a new option for mobile resources to help the homeless, a foundation to help fund the research for synthetic organs and an eco-friendly and low cost water filtration system using thermal distillation. But, the big winner was Linked, an app that fully disables a driver’s ability to access messaging apps and social media while driving. Congratulations to Nickolas Robertson, Jack Platacz, Sean Cox and Sebastian Bednarek from Paradise Honors High School on their win!

Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 20 businesses and nearly 300 jobs. For more information, please visit www.aztechcelerator.com or call 623.222.TECH.

Mark Your Calendar

Task Force To Discuss Honoring Late Veteran Resident

At the request of the Surprise City Council the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will reconvene, Thursday, June 28, to begin the process to identifying possible ways in which to honor the late Brian Mancini. Mr. Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. He served over 12 years in the United States Army. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge.

In 2007, Brian suffered life-threatening injuries from a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Following years of surgeries and rehabilitation, the Surprise resident founded Honor House, a place where wounded veterans could go for therapy and counseling.

Suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mancini ended his life at the age of 38 in 2017. His story and combat injuries were the focus of an April 2018 60 Minutes story detailing new medical studies surrounding PTSD and the brain impacts suffered during explosions.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., in the Community Room of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend. This task force will select a chairperson as their first order of business. All members shall participate in discussion and decision making.

Here is the remainder of their business process:

  • Within 30 days of the first meeting, conduct second public meeting to select at least two options to be vetted by city staff. Staff will, at a minimum; explore costs, legal environment, consistency, pros & cons, potential opportunity costs, etc. Within 30 days of the second meeting, Special Task Force will hold third public meeting to weigh all the information presented by city staff, and select the best two/three options. Again, the Special Task Force will use all avenues available, market the meeting in a way that encourages Surprise residents to attend and submit ideas and discuss pros and cons of each idea. Special Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled City Council Workshop. City Council will either recommend that the action item be brought forward at the next City Council Meeting, or ask that the Special Task Force perform additional work. The Special Task Force will be dismissed after City Council Action.

Did You Know?

City Opens Surprise Community Outreach Grant Program Application Process

A City Council-led initiative to assist community organizations in providing programs and events that benefit City of Surprise residents is now accepting applications. Council has set aside $65,000 for FY2018-2019 for the Surprise Community Outreach Program in an effort to support and grow qualified local programs and events to improve the health and welfare of Surprise residents.

To be considered, applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization or partner with a 501(c)3 verified agency. The maximum award per applicant is $10,000. According to program guidelines, funds are distributed by reimbursement through an invoice process. The application, complete program details, and eligibility requirements are available online at: www.surpriseaz.gov/communityoutreachprogram.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 3, and should be post-marked to:

Human Service & Community Vitality
Attention: Jodi Tas
City of Surprise
16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374

A pre-application meeting that will include information about the program and the application process will be held on Tuesday, July 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, Council Overflow Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. For more information, please contact Jodi Tas at 623.222.1330 or jodi.tas@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise is Seeking Instructors

Do you have a special skill or hobby you would like to teach others? The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department is now recruiting instructors and proposals for special interest classes; such as, dance and fitness, art, preschool, cooking and STEM.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal or becoming an instructor with the City of Surprise, please contact us at 623.222.2000 or email recreation@surpriseaz.gov.

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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