The Arizona Republic
The reputation of the West Valley and its cities varies depending on who is asked, but city leaders have some strong feelings about what the region and their city is really like – and how it is misjudged.
This week’s question: What are misperceptions about the West Valley or about your city specifically that you would like to dispel?
MAYOR SHARON WOLCOTT
“We are delighted to have a large senior population, but we’re not a ‘retirement community.’ Our median age is 36! Young families, a growing, educated workforce and a ton of business opportunities define Surprise now. Our finances are in great shape. Our community supports a General Plan calling for a sustainable, family-friendly future. Our downtown is defined and ripe for development. The 303 is open through Surprise and will be fully built out from I-17 to I-10 next year. That means even more opportunity for new or expanding businesses. We’re on the move, and the adventure is just beginning!”