A newly completed makeover of the city’s AZ TechCelerator has transformed more than just the look of the former City Hall campus. In addition to receiving spruced up paint, flooring, signage, landscaping and furniture, the campus has added several new programs and tenants that will join the city’s business incubator program, which has occupied the space since its launch in 2010.
At the AZ TechCelerator open house event on Dec. 10, Surprise Economic Development staff revealed the following new programs will be housed at the campus:
Surprise Resource Center: The Surprise Resource Center is a Community Action Program (CAP) that occupies 1,900 sq ft of space in Building A. The program, which is funded through a partnership with Maricopa County, will help qualifying low-income residents of the Northwest Valley with utility payments, rent and housing. The center opens Monday, Dec. 14.
The Beehive Coworking Space: A program designed to provide shared facilities and support for work-at-home professionals who may not fit the usual AZ TechCelerator innovation start-up profile. Applications will be available early next year.
Global Concierge Services: A program dedicated to the success of international companies looking to expand into the U.S. market.
Entrepreneur in Residence: A dedicated professional and entrepreneur who is available for counseling and support services to AZ TechCelerator tenants and partners.
The flagship innovation and technology incubator program will continue to operate out of the campus, offering company support services, mentorships and start-up space, as well as temporary office space for large corporations expanding into Surprise and affiliate memberships. The incubator is welcoming the following new tenants:
Me On A Bike, Inc.: creating software that will be utilized for the development of an application that will allow users to archive personal information in innovative ways and recall it using various mobile or computer devices.
Kobargo Technology Partners: provides managed IT services to small and medium-sized businesses by educating and assisting clients in leveraging mobility, the cloud and networking solutions that increase efficiency and productivity.
Sassi Stones, LLC: invented a massage stone that can stay hot for two hours, eliminating the need for a stone warmer. Sassi Stones warm up on one side in just one minute and stay hot 60-90 minutes.
Existing innovation tenants include Google (formerly Athena Wireless), Deutsch Dental Arts, Smiles by Delivery and Torque Trends. Business services and partnerships at the AZ TechCelerator include To My Surprise Shuttle, ABD Printing & Signs, The Fraternal Order of Eagles and Arrington Accounting.
Graduates of the incubator program have seen great success. A recent graduate, MD24 Housecall, grew from three employees to 150 and moved into a large office space in the city. Another tenant, Athena Wireless, was acquired by Google earlier this year.
A regional resource center providing human services such as utility and housing assistance opened in Surprise on Dec. 14.
The Surprise Resource Center and Community Action Program (CAP) Office, which is funded through a partnership with Maricopa County, will help qualifying low-income residents of the Northwest Valley with utility payments, rent and housing.
The Surprise Resource Center is located within the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Road. Please call 623.222.HOPE (4673) to schedule an appointment. All calls and messages are only accepted on Mondays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Appointments are limited and based on availability of funding.
With demand for the City’s Dial-A-Ride service increasing, the City Council recently voted to fund an increase in the number of weekday trips offered by the service.
These additional funds will increase the weekday trip cap from 140 to 160 one-way trips per day through the close of the fiscal year in June. A request to sustain the increase will be submitted to the City Council during the FY2017 budget process. This increase comes after the recent announcement that Surprise Dial-A-Ride now offers holiday service, which is capped at 30 one-way trips per day.
Dial-A-Ride’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays have a cap of 30 one-way trips.
As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.
The City’s Economic Development Department continues to be busy with inquiries. This past October, they had inquiries from 3 large businesses, 1 small business and 2 for the AZ TechCelerator. There were 2 large business site visits, 12 small business assists and 14 AZ TechCelerator tenant requests.
Increased Air Activity at Luke Air Force Base
Luke Air Force Base has issued the following press release advising of upcoming increased air activity:
Luke Air Force Base will host Forging Sabre, a large force exercise involving members of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces, Tuesday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 13.
The Forging Sabre exercise will include both night and weekend flying operations for the duration of the exercise at Luke AFB and the Barry M. Goldwater Range complex.
The areas around Luke and the BMGR may experience more noise than usual as a result of the increased air activity and types of aircraft involved. Aircraft involved will include F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle and Heron 1 UAS. There will be an increased military presence with military movements along Highway 85 south of Gila Bend as military position themselves within the Barry M. Goldwater range.
The purpose of the exercise is to provide the Singapore armed forces an opportunity to exercise and train their full spectrum of command, control and execution.
Upcoming Traffic Construction
There are many Capital Improvement projects scheduled to occur in the next few months that you should be aware of.
Waddell Road Median (Litchfield Road to 1200 feet west): Construction expected to start in January 2016. Bidding began in November.
Landscaping Median (various locations): The project currently focuses on completing medians in the following locations:
Reems Road – Peoria to Cactus (1 mile)
Bullard Avenue – Peoria to Cholla (1/2 mile)
Waddell Road – 175th to Citrus (1/2 mile)
Sarival Road – Bell to Northwest Ranch Parkway (900 ft)
It is expected that the request for bid public bid will close in January. Construction is expected to begin in the March/April timeframe with the individual sections prioritized as listed above.
Cactus Road (south side) from Litchfield Road to Rail Road Tracks and Litchfield Road (east side) from Cactus Road to Desert Cove Road: It is expected that the construction of the project will go out for a public bid that will close in January. Construction is expected to begin in the March/April timeframe.
Peoria Avenue (Reems Road to Sarival Avenue): Lennar has begun construction. Project should be complete by December.
Peoria Avenue (south side) from Greer Ranch Parkway to Reems Road: Construction will commence after Lennar completes the construction on the north side.
Bullard Avenue Task Force: Recommendation for safe routes to school study includes 2 lanes in each direction, 35 mph speed limit, and signals at Acoma and Sweetwater. It is currently undecided if a Hawk or Traditional Traffic Signal will be installed at 2 ½ miles. Also, a refuge island and school crossing is recommended at Cholla (no signal).
Cactus Road (north half) from 143rd Avenue to Bullard Avenue: This project includes half street improvements with a median. DMB is the project owner, with the City contributing to median costs. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.
Greenway Road (Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road): This project is anticipated to be bid and awarded in November 2015 and completed before Spring Training 2016. The project includes intersection dip improvements.
Greenway and Dysart Intersection: This project will improve the existing dip section and is anticipated to be completed prior to Spring Training 2016.
Bell Road/Grand Avenue Intersection Project I met with representatives from ADOT last week regarding the communication roll-out of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue Intersection project. ADOT, in partnership with the City, has developed a comprehensive outreach and communications program to for the residents and businesses in Surprise. A Public Information Advisory Team comprised of representatives from ADOT, the City, Maricopa County, businesses and residents will assist with developing messaging, disseminating information and facilitating business outreach. More information will be available soon.
Recent Changes in City Ordinances
On December 4, 2015, the City of Surprise adopted several changes to ordinances related to animal ownership. In an effort to ensure all citizens are made aware of the new changes, the Surprise Police provided the following review of the effected ordinances or city codes.
To begin with, the definition of “at large” was changed in Surprise City Code 10-19. The code also requires a dog owner to contain their pet within a structure (home), an enclosure (fenced rear yard), or restrain and control the animal (leash) at all times. While away from their premises, the dog owner has the same requirements; however there continues to be an exemption for a dog park.
Within the same city code, there was also a change for homeowners in gated communities. A previous exception stating dogs were not at large anywhere within a gated community has been deleted. At this time, gated communities are treated the same as any other location within the City of Surprise.
Surprise City Code 10-24 also was modified. The code penalizes all owners: who do not get their dog licensed, who counterfeit a dog license, and those who remove a valid license from a dog, or place a license for another animal on their dog which is not valid.
Also, the Surprise Police would like to remind citizens of Surprise City Code 10-26. This code states an owner who wants to continue keeping an animal previously declared vicious by a court must obtain liability insurance, have the animal spayed or neutered, and muzzle the animal when taking it off the owner’s premises.
Other changes were also made to Surprise City Code 10-56. The change states an animal found running around a neighborhood may cause the owner to have to pay food and housing charges, if the owner was negligent in allowing the animal to get out. Proof of negligence is more than just a dog getting out – it would come from the dog getting out multiple times or proof the owner is not taking reasonable steps to keep the animal contained.
Additionally, in regard to Surprise City Code 10-79, the code now requires only one person to file a formal complaint with the police about a barking dog prior to enforcement action being taken.
If you have additional questions in regard to these city ordinances, please contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000.
Click here for more information or to review current Surprise City Ordinances: http://ow.ly/VlWvV
If your dog is picked up by the Surprise Police Department’s Animal Care and Control Unit, they will typically be transferred to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control within 24 hours. For lost pets, contact the Surprise Police Department at 623 222-4000 or visit a Maricopa County Animal Care Center – see locations.
Maricopa County Licensing and Vaccinations Be a responsible pet owner
All dogs over the age of 3 months must be vaccinated and licensed with Maricopa County. The dog must display the license on a collar or harness. (State Law A.R.S. Vaccination 11-1010); (State Law A.R.S. License must be worn 11-1102); (City Ordinance Sec. 10-24 A.).
For licensing and vaccination info, contact:
Maricopa County Rabies Animal Care and Control 2500 South 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
602 506-7387 Vaccinations | Licensing
Surprise Farms Dog Park opens Dec. 9
The City of Surprise is pleased to announce the Surprise Farms Community Park – Dog Park will be open to patrons and their dogs on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
The dog park is located at 15991 N Willow Canyon Drive. Amenities include drinking fountains, picnic tables, park benches, dog play features and a grass play area. The park has a dedicated parking lot with restrooms located close by. The park consists of (3) divided sections: (1) for dogs over 20 lbs., (1) for dogs under 20 lbs. and (1) will be used as an alternative when either of the sections are closed for maintenance and healthy turf practices. The dog park will be closed on Thursdays from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. for mowing and cleaning.
This will be the second dog park for the residents of Surprise. The original Surprise Community Park Dog Park is located at Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane and will be open on Thursdays when Surprise Farms Dog Park is closed.
For more information on Surprise Farms Community Park – Dog Park, please call 623.222.2000.
New Park Improvements in Surprise
The City held a ribbon cutting celebration for our two parks that have new improvements, Veramonte Community Park and Surprise Farms Park, on November 14. Veramonte Community Park located at 12741 N. 140th Avenue, features restrooms, a splash pad, a parking lot and other new park amenities. Surprise Farms Park, located at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South, features a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.
The 14th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Wednesday, March 2, at the Surprise Recreation Campus – The Campus of Champions – featuring Surprise’s home teams:
2015 World Series Champions, Kansas City Royals and 2015 American League Western Division Champions, Texas Rangers.
There will be a special online pre-sale at http://www.surprisespringtraining.com starting Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with Tickets.com at 888.755.2583. Service charges may apply to online and phone orders.
Individual tickets and season packages will be available. Individual game ticket prices range from $8 in the lawn to $30 in the premium lower dugout and include free parking. Four premium games (see schedule below) have been designated with individual ticket pricing ranging from $13-$35.
The Surprise Recreation Campus invites fans to save by taking advantage of the pre-sale opportunity to purchase from a variety of ticket packages. Ticket packages available include Full Season, Home Team Half Season, and Home Team 7-Packs. All packages include priority seating and VIP Parking. Full Season and Half Season packages include a VIP season ticket reception.
Season tickets, group sales and mail orders will also be accepted at the box office. Call 623.222.2222 to add your name to the priority list now, or download the mail/fax order form online at www.surprisespringtraining.com.
The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open for ticket sales on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 beginning at 7 a.m. The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. For questions or more information, please check our website at www.surprisespringtraining.com or call 623.222.2222.
2016 Spring Training Schedule
*Schedule subject to change | Premium Games
Mar 2 Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 3 Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 4 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 5 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 6 Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 7 San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 8 Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 9 Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 10 Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 11 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 12 Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 13 Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 14 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 15 Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 16 Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 17 Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
Mar 18 Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 19 Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 20 Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers 1:05pm
Mar 21 Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 22 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
Mar 23 Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 24 Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 25 San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
Mar 26 Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 27 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 28 San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 29 San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
Mar 30 Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers 12:05 p.m.