Today In Surprise

Posted on: April 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Progress Magazine available now!

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The latest issue of Progress Magazine has hatched!

Read about blooming development, how you can take the Surprise Retail survey, where to find budding art around the city, and much more!

View the digital edition now: Surprise Progress Magazine Spring 2021

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Posted on: April 8, 2021

Marley Park Splash Pad closed for maintenance April 12-18

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The Surprise Parks and Recreation Department will be temporarily closing the splash pad at Marley Park for annual maintenance beginning 6 a.m. Monday, April 12 to 6 a.m. Sunday, April 18. 

Splash pads at both Dick McComb City Park and Veramonte Pa...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Summer Break Camp registration opens for Surprise residents

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The City of Surprise is excited to offer Summer Break Camp for youth in first through fourth grades at Countryside Recreation Center,15038 N. Parkview Place; and Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane, for participants in fifth through eig...

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

2021 Surprise Retail Survey is now open; what do you want to see in Surprise?

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Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience that you want added to your hometown? Tell us in the 2021 Surprise Retail Survey

We want to know how we can make our city a on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Cactus Rd to be closed, 175th Ave to Magnolia Dr, April 10-12

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Cactus Road will be closed between 175th Avenue and Magnolia Drive from 5 a.m. Saturday, April 10 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 12, for utility work.

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Motorcycle Safety Class & Interactive Course presented by Surprise Police Department, April 25

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Join the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, April 25 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. 

There will be a presentation and discussion, followed by a time for particip...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Pledge to conserve water & help Surprise win a national water conservation challenge

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Surprise is joining cities across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation — and in return residents can win ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Celebrate National Volunteer Week by bagging beans for those in need

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Show your community pride by participating in the 4th Annual “Bean Bag Day” event on Saturday, April 24.

In Celebration of National Volunteer Week, Seeds of Hope International Ministries has purchased 6,000 pounds of dry pinto beans for...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

City opens application process for Community Outreach Grant Program

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A City Council-led initiative to assist community organizations in providing programs and events that benefit City of Surprise residents is now accepting applications.

The City of Surprise is pleased to announce the Community Outreach Program. The major pu...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Retreat now open to public attendance

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With last week’s announcement of the reopening of Surprise City Hall and the city’s public meetings, the Surprise City Council Budget Retreat on Friday, April 16 will now be open to public attendance. It will also be televised for thos...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Register for the Teen Sand Volleyball Tournament

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department welcomes teens ages 12-17 to come and join the fun at the Teen Sand Volleyball Tournament! 

The tournament will be held at the sand volleyball courts at Sierra Montana Park, 17860 W Spring Lan...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

City Hall reopens to public 4/12; City Council & public meetings open to in-person attendance

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On Monday, April 12, Surprise City Hall and other city administrative buildings will open to the public, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Additionally, meetings of the City Council and all boards and commissions will open to in-person attend...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Governor Announces New Phase of COVID-19 Mitigation; Events of 50+ No Longer Need City Approval

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With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey today announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances.

Several key data points contributed to...

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Surprise State of the City Video Premiere set for April 13

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The Surprise City Council invites you to tune in for the premiere of the 2021 State of the City video presentation on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. 

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted so many people in so many ways last year, and in this video, we highl...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

City opens application process for Arts & Culture Grant Program

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The city is accepting applications for a new Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission-led grant program that intends to assist community organizations that are pursuing arts and cultural events or activities that benefit City of Surprise residents.

The Comm...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Arizona History and Culture Virtual Speaker Presentations April 14 & June 8

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Experience stories of Arizona history and culture through two virtual speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities.

Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will prese...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase of Business and Safety Protocols

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced the next phase of COVID-19 mitigation.

The announcement follows 7 weeks of declining cases in Arizona, and the distribution of more than 2 million vaccines.

The following changes are reflected in a new Executive Order fro...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

City requests public comment on draft Property Maintenance Ordinance; public meetings planned

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The city of Surprise is requesting public comment on the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO) that was presented to Council during last night’s Council Work Session.

The Property Maintenance Ordinance is the guiding document that establishe...

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Surprise Parks & Recreation Commission Inducts Charley Pride & Buck O’Neil into Recreation Campus Ha

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The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has voted to induct Charley Pride and Buck O’Neil into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to honor those who have contributed significantly to the Sur...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

City of Surprise Opens Recruitment for New Police Chief

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The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced public safety professional with outstanding leadership skills to serve as its next Police Chief. 

Strong candidates will be forward thinking and will continue to lead the Department consistent with ou...

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Posted on: February 18, 2021

City of Surprise Judge Gaudreau selected as Judicial Engagement Network Fellow

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Surprise City Court Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau has been selected as a Fellow in the Judicial Engagement Network’s 2021 Fellowship Program. 

The Judicial Engagement Network is a national community of engaged judges and judicial officers ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Say it, Surprise! National Community Survey coming soon

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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 2021 National Community Survey (NCS)!

What you tell us helps to identi...

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

City begins FY22 budget discussions Feb. 2

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The City of Surprise FY2022 budget building process kicks off at the City Council Regular Session on Tuesday, February 2.

This will be the first in a series of presentations to Council by the City’s Finance Department regarding the overall develo...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

City Council names Duffy as Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 3 Councilmember Patrick Duffy to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

City debuts anti-litter campaign, “Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!”

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The city of Surprise takes pride in being a safe, clean and attractive city, where residents and businesses can thrive and visitors are impressed. In an effort to keep our city as clean as possible, we are releasing a campaign encouraging residents to &am...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Winter 2021 Progress Magazine Now Available

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A new issue of Progress Magazine is here! The Winter 2021 issue is now in resident mailboxes, and the digital is edition available online. Check it out to reminisce some of our top Spring Training memories, learn about a new park and other exciting develo...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

Mayor and Councilmembers in Districts 2, 3 & 4 sworn in

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The first Regular City Council Meeting of the New Year included the swearing-in ceremonies for mayor and three councilmembers. 

Skip Hall was sworn in as Mayor after winning the seat in the August Primary Election. He previously served as Mayor by...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

DevelopNEXT: Council approves updates to city’s land development ordinances & design standards

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The Surprise City Council approved the adoption of new Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) at the December 15 City Council Meeting following a more than two-year process that engaged both residents and de...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Governor Ducey Shares Latest On COVID-19

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Governor Doug Ducey today toured the vaccine distribution site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and announced ten Arizona health care frontline workers who will be among the first Arizonans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

After the tour, the Gov...

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Posted on: December 7, 2020

Surprise breaks ground on Fire Station 308 at Litchfield & Cactus roads

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Construction began December 7 on City of Surprise Fire Station 308 at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road. This voter-approved project is being funded by the 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond.

The southeast portion of Surpris...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest Actions to Fight COVID-19, Increase Hospital Staffing

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced a series of actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona.

Today’s actions include: 

  • Update on vaccine distribution plan
  • Executive Order ensuring all Arizonans receive the vaccine without financial barriers
  • Ex...
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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Greenway Rd improvement project begins, Cotton Ln to Sarival Ave

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Construction of the voter-approved Greenway Road improvement project will begin Thursday, December 3.

The project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from 800 feet west of Loop 303 to 1600 feet east of Loop 303 (approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces $25 Million for Medical Professionals, Additional Safety Measures

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At a press conference at the state Public Health Lab, Governor Doug Ducey today announced a list of new actions to support hospitals and medical professionals and combat the spread of COVID-19. Arizona will invest $25 million to bolster hospital staffing ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

City of Surprise public meetings will reclose to in-person attendance effective 12/1

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In an effort to protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 case numbers, City of Surprise public meetings will reclose to in-person public attendance beginning December 1 and until further notice. This includes meetings of City Council and all city boar...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Hastings sworn in as new District 5 Councilmember

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Jack Hastings was officially sworn in as the new District 5 (D5) Councilmember today at Surprise City Hall.

Hastings won the D5 seat during the August Primary Election over David Sanders, the council-appointed incumbent. 

Sanders was appointed on J...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Surprise TV to air select DUSD high school sports games

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The Surprise TV cable channel and website will begin airing select Dysart Unified School District high school sporting events twice weekly on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

The games will be replays of the district’s new Dysart Student Broadcasting Live (...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

DevelopNEXT nears finish line: public hearings set for development & design standards updates

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is nearing the finish line, with public hearings set and final drafts of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Council approves Temporary Expansion of Premise permits for Surprise restaurants during COVID-19

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City Council last night approved the use of Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permits for local restaurants to help expand their ability to serve more customers while maintaining social distancing requirements during COVID-19. 

The TEP permit a...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Governor Ducey and Health Leaders Urge Arizonans to Get Flu Shot

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As Arizona continues efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, state health agencies and the Governor’s Office are partnering with health care providers and businesses to prepare for the upcoming flu season.

Governor Doug Ducey today was joine...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Arizona Department of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan for Paused Industries

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona.

On June 27, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43 “Pausing of Ari...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Gov. Extends Pause of Some Business Operations; Announces Plan for Schools

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Governor Doug Ducey today extended an executive order pausing operations on gyms, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing. The order also prohibits large events and enables local law authorities to take immediate enforcement action to en...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Governor Extends COVID-19 Eviction Protections; Expands Rental Assistance Access

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Governor Doug Ducey today signed an Executive Order extending a moratorium on residential evictions until October 31, 2020, providing continued protections for renters who are facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. The order ensures renters imp...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces New Actions To Contain COVID-19

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Governor Doug Ducey yesterday announced additional actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the signing of an Executive Order that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50 percent capacity. The announcement to limit ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Governor Ducey Takes Further Action to Reverse COVID-19 Spread in Arizona

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As part of continued efforts to reverse the trend of COVID-19 spread in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey today signed an Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, mov...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Surprise requires face coverings in public effective June 20; City Hall will reclose to public

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In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Surprise Mayor Skip Hall, with support of the Surprise City Council, has issued a Declaration of Emergency Proclamation requiring face coverings within the City of Surprise with limited exceptions.

Effective Sat...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Letter from Surprise City Council

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Dear Residents of Surprise,

This is an important time to reflect on our history, one in which, we must have honest dialogue about race and inclusivity; and listen intently to these conversations.  

We must be mindful that our children, our future, ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan

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Following COVID-19 case increases and hospitalizations, Governor Doug Ducey today announced enhanced actions to contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. The announced actions build on Arizona’s s...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Letter from Surprise Police Chief Terry Young

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Dear Residents, Business Owners and Visitors of Surprise,

In July of 2016, I felt compelled to share a message with each of you expressing YOUR Police Department’s commitment to professionalism and our appreciation for your partnership and extrao...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

City splash pads, basketball & racquetball courts reopen June 8; ramada, sports field rentals resume

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The city of Surprise is preparing to reopen several additional city-owned parks and recreation amenities on June 8, including splash pads, basketball courts and racquetball courts. Rentals of park ramadas and sports fields will also resume on that date.&a...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

City Hall reopens June 1; select recreation amenities phase in

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On June 1, Surprise City Hall and select park amenities will reopen to the public. Additionally, some pool programming will begin June 8.  

The following City Hall service modifications will be implemented on June 1 and until further notice:

  • Cashie...
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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Surprise Introduces Phased COVID-19 Reopening Plan

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With Governor Ducey’s stay home order lifted, and in the spirit of his recent “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” Executive Order, the City of Surprise has prepared a phased reopening plan. 

Each phase wil...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Changes to public participation during Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission meeting May 18

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during the City of Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Special Meeting on May 18 at 4:30 p.m. Public comment will be taken b...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

City of Surprise pools, gyms, recreation centers remain closed until further notice

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While Governor Ducey’s newest Executive Order allows public pools and gyms to open May 13 under Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines, the city of Surprise is maintaining closures of Surprise Aquatic Center, Hollyhock Pool, the gym at...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase Of Arizona Recovery

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. The new guidance aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and Centers Fo...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Surprise to open some recreation amenities May 15

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In anticipation of Governor Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order expiring May 15, the city of Surprise is preparing to reopen select recreational amenities that allow for appropriate physical...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Gov. Ducey Issues Updated Guidance For Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Barbers & Cosmetologists

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Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services this Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, M...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Governor Ducey, ADHS Release Guidelines For Retail Business & Customers As Openings Resume Next Week

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Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services today released additional guidelines as retail businesses resume partial operations starting next week. The recommendations include enhanced sanitation and physical distancing steps custome...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Governor Issues Updated Guidance For Arizonans, Businesses

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Governor Doug Ducey yesterday issued an Executive Order extending Arizona’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order until May 15, 2020. 

The order also continues Arizona’s gradual economic reopening, allowing retail busin...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Mayor Hall Declares Local State of Emergency in Surprise

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In consultation with members of the Surprise City Council, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Skip Hall announced a State of Emergency for the city of Surprise today in an effort to preserve public health.  

Effective 5 p.m. this even...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Valley Metro adjusts Express, RAPID bus service schedules due to COVID-19

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Valley Metro has released the following information:

Valley Metro is adjusting the Express and RAPID commuter bus service schedules to operate fewer trips each weekday morning and evening. This is a proactive step to maintain local bus route service for th...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City webpage provides community support resources, volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19

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This is an overwhelming time for communities around the world, and it is important that our residents know how to access the resources they need.Here’s a look at what is available on the webpage:

  • Community Resource Guide – provides contact information for ...
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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City temporarily amends A-frame sign policy during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Beginning, Monday, March 30, 2020, businesses in the city of Surprise will be allowed to display an A-frame sign along the adjacent roadway or roadway closest to their business subject to certain requirements set forth below.

The temporary use of A-frame s...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Change to City Council Meeting public comment; Cancelation of several public meetings

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, public comment options have changed for City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings and several other public meetings have been canceled until further notice.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Surprise Partners with Meals of Joy to Offer Hot Lunches to Vulnerable Populations

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The City of Surprise has partnered with Meals of Joy to deliver meals at no cost to seniors aged 62 and over, as well as individuals 55 and over with a disability. This temporary, federally funded program is designed to help vulnerable residents maintain ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Surprise Resource Center Reducing Public Hours

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Due to COVID 19 concerns, the Surprise Resource Center is reducing the number of public walk-in hours while maintaining call-in hours to ensure service to the community.

The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest COVID-19 Actions

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced additional mitigation strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. His executive actions include ensuring food access; increasing hospital capacity; Updated guidance and flexibility for restaurants, bars and ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Changes to public participation during Planning & Zoning meetings effective March 18

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during city Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings until further notice. Publi...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Changes to public participation during Council Meetings effective March 17

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Publ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Surprise cancels/postpones events and programs due to COVID-19

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After careful consideration, the city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10. 

The decision comes as COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic level...

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

2021 Surprise Retail Survey is now open; what do you want to see in Surprise?

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Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience that you want added to your hometown? Tell us in the 2021 Surprise Retail Survey

We want to know how we can make our city a on...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Surprise Small Business Relief Grant Summary

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The Surprise Economic Development Department successfully awarded 79 businesses with $350,000 over two phases in 2020 to mitigate economic impacts caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The attached summary document is an overview of the grant’s use and imp...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

20 Surprise 2020 Highlights: The “Not Completely Terrible” List

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It wasn’t a perfect year, but it wasn’t completely terrible. Looking back at 2020, the Economic Development Department captured 20 events, achievements and activities that capped the year in the City of Surprise.

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

City of Surprise receives five excellence awards from the International Economic Development Council

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The City of Surprise Economic Development Department has been recognized with five Excellence in Economic Development Awards by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC):

•   Gold Award - City of Surprise &am...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Vote on favorite business ribbon cutting videos

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The city featured 101 local Surprise businesses in short, 3-5 second videos where owners or staff cut a ribbon to celebrate reopening after closing temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Surprise Economic Development Department is now asking reside...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Surprise introduces Shop Surprise banners for retailers; creates Open for Business list

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To help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surprise Economic Development department is introducing two new resources to promote local non-restaurant retailers: a purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner campaign and a ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

City launches webpage for consumers, businesses, job seekers; introduces business recovery plan

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Surprise launched today a webpage dedicated to connecting consumers, businesses and job seekers with tips, resources and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city’s Economic Development department created the COVID-19 Business and Workforce ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Surprise offers free online “Startup Space” to connect entrepreneurs, small businesses

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Free business support is now only a click away in the City of Surprise! A new online platform called Startup Space is now available to all Surprise small businesses, startups and residents free of cost, courtesy of the City of Surprise Economic Developmen...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

AZ TechCelerator hosts ribbon cutting for newest tenant, Arizona Cyber Warfare Range

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The AZ TechCelerator hosted a ribbon cutting event for its newest tenant, Arizona Cyber Warfare Range at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.

The event took place on the AZ TechCelerator campus located at 12425 W. Bell Road in Building D.

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

National Indoor RV Centers expands to Surprise, brings head-of-household jobs

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Texas-based National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) has selected the City of Surprise, Arizona for its new expansion location. The new Surprise business center will grow 65 full-time jobs and will be dedicated to the sales, servicing, storage and maintenance o...

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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Economic Development AIMS Community Profile

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The City of Surprise AMIS Community Profile offers information about who we are demographically, our business services, transportation options, key development areas and more.

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Join the Surprise Fire-Medical Team

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is not accepting applications at the moment. Please continue to visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date information. You may also submit a "Job Interest Card" with Human ...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

New Fire User Fees

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At the November 17th, 2015 Regular Council Meeting, Council approved Resolution 2015 – 108 which authorized an updated user fee schedule citywide to include the following updated fees for the Surprise Fire Medical Department to be effective immediately: R...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Surprise Police Department Awarded Reaccreditation by CALEA

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Police Chief Terry Young is pleased to announce that the Surprise Police Department has once again successfully completed a multi-year process designed to recognize professionalism in law enforcement through achievement of national accredited status with ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Letter from Surprise Police Chief Terry Young

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Dear Residents, Business Owners and Visitors of Surprise,

In July of 2016, I felt compelled to share a message with each of you expressing YOUR Police Department’s commitment to professionalism and our appreciation for your partnership and extrao...

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