Recognized as a great place for residents of all ages, the City of Surprise was presented with the 2015 Age-Friendly Community Competition Award at the Going Places conference today in Scottsdale.
Mayor Sharon Wolcott accepted the award. “This recognition provides our city with affirmation that we are making strides in bringing the young and the young at heart together as we continue to build ‘One Surprise’ – a community of all ages,” said Mayor Wolcott. “Each generation brings their own skills and attributes, as well as a unique perspective to life, and together we’re all making Surprise the best place to live.”
In winning the award, the city will receive $5,000 in grant funds to support age-friendly programs.
The city will use the money to purchase several mobile tablets. City staff and students will bring the technology to community events and aid residents in getting connected. That could mean signing-up for various events, activities or civic engagements, requesting an application to serve on a city board/commission, or even registering to vote.
The conference was co-hosted by the MAG Transportation Ambassador Program and the Arizona Age-Friendly Network, an effort funded by Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), the Pfizer Foundation, and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.