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Surprise wins Age-Friendly Community Competition

Age friendly community competition award

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.

Support Surprise, buy local this holiday season

Shopping your hometown is the best gift you can give to your community.

By keeping sales tax dollars at home, you are helping to pay for city services that you count on such as police, fire, park operations and street repair.

“By shopping Surprise we are also supporting our local employers and their employees, potentially resulting in additional job growth,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “And we have so many more choices now, particularly in the city’s retail sector.”

Between 2010 and 2013, several areas of retail in Surprise, including sporting goods, music, book and hobby stores increased an estimated 100 percent.  Local purchasing echoed the growth in retailers, jumping from an estimated $5 million in 2010 to $17 million in 2013 in those same sectors.*

“And a growing local economy has already resulted in a positive impact on the city’s bond rating this year,” adds Wolcott.

The city’s General Obligation Bond rating was upgraded by Standard & Poor’s from “A” to “AA-” in September, following a similar upgrade by Fitch ratings in February.

* Data source: ESRI / Dun & Bradstreet

City unveils Nick Bacon Memorial

Visitors to the Surprise Civic Center Campus can now enjoy a new memorial in honor of Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Nick D. Bacon, who served as Surprise Town Manager in the late 1980’s.

Hundreds gathered, including members of the Surprise City Council, Congressman Trent Franks, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Representative Debbie Lesko, Representative Rick Gray and others, at a Veterans Day event in the City Hall South Courtyard as the memorial was unveiled by Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Vice Mayor Skip Hall.

“What a perfect place to honor a patriot,” says Mayor Wolcott. “Nick’s memorial is located in a serene location, next to a fountain and surrounded by natural vegetation, where one can reflect and remember.”

Earlier this year, City Council approved commissioning a monument in memoriam of Bacon, who served as the Surprise Town Manager from 1986 – 1990.  Bacon received his Medal of Honor from President Richard Nixon in 1969 for his heroic efforts in Vietnam and served for several years as president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He passed away in July 2010.

“I want to thank everyone who helped put this event together in honor of Nick,” says Vice Mayor Hall. “His service to country is outstanding and I know his family took comfort by the support shown by the City of Surprise.”

The event was hosted by the City of Surprise, local members of the VFW Nick D. Bacon Post 285 and the Marine Corps League White Tank Mountain Detachment #1246 of Surprise, along with live music performed by the West Valley Pops Band.

AZ TechCelerator business showcases new e-product to Council

The AZ TechCelerator success story continues, as one of its affiliate companies showcased a new green technology to the Surprise City Council that was developed at the business incubator.

Torque Trends, Inc. presented to Council before Tuesday’s Work Session a 1999 Mazda Miata that their ev-Torque Box technology helped convert the gasoline-powered car into an electronic- powered vehicle.

“It is beyond exciting to see this type of clean technology developed and implemented so successfully right here in Surprise,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “The AZ TechCelerator continues to produce innovative companies that we all can be proud of.”

“We must be kind to our planet and converting existing gas-powered vehicles into e-vehicles results in a much lower carbon footprint than building new e-cars from the start,” says Mitchell Yow, Torque Trends, Inc Co-Founder.

Torque Trends will showcase the e-Miata Roadster at next month’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

To learn more about the conversion process visit e-Miata Roadster Project Build.

For more information about the AZ TechCelerator, the city’s business incubator, visit www.aztechcelerator.com or call Manager Julie Neal at 623.222.TECH.

Surprise & Scottsdale Mayors Set World Series Challenge

Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott issued a “mayoral challenge” to Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane today as their Spring Training teams face off in the World Series, Tuesday.

“I heartily accept the World Series Challenge proposed by Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott,” says Mayor Lane.

Mayor Wolcott issued the challenge via a social media video today, showing her support for the Kansas City Royals, who have trained in Surprise since 2002. Their World Series opponents, the San Francisco Giants, have trained in Scottsdale since 1984.

“It’s exciting to have two Cactus League teams in the World Series, and I thought this would be a fun way for both of our cities to celebrate the success of our teams,” says Mayor Wolcott. “Plus, I am confident our Royals will take the crown.”

Mayor Wolcott’s challenge states if the Royals win the series, she will provide Mayor Lane with a hat and shirt to wear for one full day following the last game. If the Giants win, he will choose the apparel that Mayor Wolcott will wear. The proof will be captured in a picture on social media.

Mayor Lane then upped the ante, adding that the losing mayor would also have to attend one of the winning team’s Spring Training games dressed in the chosen apparel.

Mayor Lane believes history is on his side. “In 2010, the Giants won the World Series. In 2012, the Giants won the World Series. It is 2014 … and I sense a continuing trend,” he added.  “I look forward to seeing Mayor Wolcott at my side next spring, adorned in Giants’ orange and black, when we welcome the World Champions back to Scottsdale.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing Mayor Lane in blue… Royal Blue, that is, at our beautiful Surprise Stadium,” responded Mayor Wolcott.

Regardless of who triumphs in this year’s Fall Classic, both mayors agree that Arizona’s Cactus League and the region will benefit as being home of the world champion. According to the Cactus League, Spring Training attendance jumped 10 percent following the 2010 World Series featuring the San Francisco Giants and Surprise’s other Spring Training team, the Texas Rangers.