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IRIS USA Breaks Ground in Surprise

Mayor Wolcott and members of City Council joined IRIS USA, Inc. and its parent company IRIS Ohyama Inc. in breaking ground for the Company’s new Western United States Regional Headquarters facility in Surprise on May, 21, 2015.

The new facility will house some 420,000-square-feet of manufacturing, distribution and office space and initially employ approximately 100 people, the bulk of whom will be recruited from the local area. The facility will be located within the city’s Southwest Railplex Industrial District and is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016.

IRIS Ground Breaking
IRIS Ground Breaking

View additional pictures from the groundbreaking.

Councilman Hall attends teacher appreciation event

Councilman Hall attended an appreciation breakfast at Canyon Ridge Elementary School on May 7 and had the opportunity to thank the school’s teachers and volunteers. Canyon Ridge Principal, Dr. Shelley Isai, also recognized him for his support of our local schools.

Councilman Hall attends MVD kiosk ribbon cutting at City Court

Councilman Hall attend the May 5th ribbon cutting for the new self-service MVD kiosk located at the Surprise City Court.

The kiosk offers an alternative to visiting the Surprise MVD office on Bell Road, which is temporarily closed for renovations. The kiosk provides access to select MVD services, including registration renewal, duplicate vehicle registration, duplicate driver license, change of address, and temporary vehicle permits.

Surprise City Court is located at 16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105.

Customers can also access more than 20 services online through

For those in need of a full-service location, a list of MVD office locations and Authorized Third Party providers can be found online at

The Surprise MVD is expected to reopen this summer with increased capacity and an enhanced look in the customer waiting area, an expanded number of customer service windows and upgraded air conditioning and restrooms.

MVD Kiosk Ribbon Cutting
Robert Smith from ADOT, Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Hall and Judge Dominguez at the ribbon cutting for the Express MVD Services Kiosk located at Surprise City Court

Google-acquired AZ TechCelerator client recognized

During the April 21 City Council Meeting, City Manager Bob Wingenroth and the Surprise City Council recognized Athena Wireless, the city’s first AZ Techcelerator client, for its success! The company, which develops high capacity wireless connectivity systems, was acquired by Google Inc. this year.

Athena Wireless with Mayor and Council
Athena Wireless with Mayor and Council

Mountain Vista Ranch Well Completion

Councilman Hall attended a celebration on April 21 that marked the completion of Mountain Vista Ranch Well #2 in District 5. During the event, he thanked everyone who worked on the project and had the honor of pushing a button to turn the well on remotely.

Surprise Literacy Challenge Winners Recognized

Councilman Hall visited the classrooms of the 4th and 5th grade students who won the 2015 Surprise Literacy Challenge during their celebratory pizza parties on March 25!

The Challenge, created by Vice Mayor Williams and Councilman Hall, asked students in 4th -6th grade to track the number of hours they read outside the classroom for a period of four months.

The winning 4th grade class was Ms. Housari’s class at Rancho Gabriela.

Surprise Literacy Challenge Winners Rancho 4th
Councilman Hall with winning 4th grade class.

The winning 5th grade class was Ms. Guest’s class at Parkview.

Surprise Literacy Challenge Winners Parkview
Councilman Hall with winning 5th grade class.

In addition to the pizza party, each of the students received a medal for their reading efforts. They will also receive a trophy for their classroom at the City Council Meeting on April 7.

Councilman Hall also attended the recognition of the winning 6th grade class from Paradise Education Center, which happened on the field at the March 26 Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium.

Winning 6th Grade
Councilman Hall and Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo with winning 6th grade class

Celebrity Flag Football Challenge

Surprise was buzzing Super Bowl weekend with the Celebrity Flag Football Challenge hitting the field at Surprise Stadium on January 31! The game drew celebrities like Evander Holyfield, Alice Cooper and Darnell Dockett, and it benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. Councilman Hall enjoyed the opportunity to show visiting fans and celebs alike what a great city Surprise is!

City hosts 8th Annual Special Olympics Winter Party

Vice Mayor Hall attended the city’s 8th Annual Special Olympics Winter Party and Tree Decorating Ceremony on December 12, 2014 at DreamCatcher Park. Partygoers had the chance to decorate holiday trees with ornaments and garlands that were made by Dysart School District’s Special Olympic athletes and teachers. The event also included choir performances, games, face painting, train rides and more!