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Events available for Registration...

Community Conveners Breakfast: Meet your Newly Elected U.S Representative Debbie Lesko
08/08/18
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Business Builder's Breakfast
08/16/18
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Chamber Golf Classic
10/05/18 - 10/05/18
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Events in the next 30 days...
DateEvent
07/23/18
Candidate Forum: Surprise District 6

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07/24/18
Candidate Forum: Youngtown

Why would the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce host candidate forums? 


As an organization whose mission is to advocate for business and economic development, the Chamber has a keen interest in knowing what is happening in government. But it goes deeper. The Chamber is made up of citizens who live and work in the area. This is home; our members want to know who their elected officials are and where they stand on issues that affect us all. 

Proper Decorum: 
·         No candidates, board members and event organizers will be allowed into the venue wearing campaign buttons for their candidacy or any candidate at the event.
·         The forum is not a debate. No interaction or debate among candidates will be allowed.
·         No direct interaction will be allowed from the audience. The audience cannot ask questions. Only the moderator will be allowed to interact with candidates.
·         All interaction by a candidate will be through the event moderator.
·         There will be no “winner” declared by the moderator or event sponsors.
·         “Grandstanding,” speaking off topic, or off-color remarks will be called out of order by the moderator.
·         No candidate or candidate supporters will be allowed to hand out materials, advertise, or otherwise solicit inside or outside the day of the event in any capacity.
·         All political demonstrations are prohibited
·         Cell phones should be turned off as a matter of courtesy
·         No unauthorized videos are allowed because of FCC rules
·         Placards, signs, posters, packages, suitcases or other large objects are prohibited
·         Weapons of any kind are prohibited except when carried by law enforcement officers
·         Attendees shall respect the rights of others and shall speak in a civil and courteous manner
·         Any violation of this code of conduct or forum rules will be cause for removal

The candidate forum is meant to inform the citizens of our community and create an opportunity for community building. If all candidates adhere to the rules everyone will benefit through increased visibility and general interest in the community. 

Quick Links:
Candidate Forums
Why Join the Chamber
Become an Advocate

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07/24/18
Surprise: Public Hearing to Update Land Development Oridnances & Design Standards

For more information: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DevelopNEXT

DevelopNEXT is an effort by the city of Surprise to update and simplify its Land Development Ordinances and Planning and Engineering Design Standards. This is the first comprehensive update since 2009, and we want you to join us in the process!

This effort will modernize the city’s Surprise Unified Development Code (SUDC) and create a clear and visionary toolbox for a growing Surprise. The new set of standards and regulations will be called Land Development Ordinances (LDO).

We are also updating and consolidating the city’s separate design books into a single Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) to complement the ordinances.

The Land Development Ordinances will regulate things like:
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  • housing density
  • commercial uses
  • industrial uses
  • building types
  • setbacks & heights
  • connectivity
  • landscaping
  • lighting
  • open space
  • parking requirements
While the LDO will regulate the above categories, the Planning and Engineering Design Standards will shape our aesthetic point of view; they exist to maintain a certain level of quality engineering and architectural character.

Why Update Ordinances & Design Standards?
It’s been nine years since we’ve had a comprehensive update to our development code. 

Through this update, we will be able to:

Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce
Public Input Opportunities
Public Meetings:

Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall - City Council Chambers
16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ

Stakeholder Meetings:

Development professionals are invited to contact Joshua Mike to participate in stakeholder meetings to read and contribute to the revisions of this update. 

Written Comment:

Online written comment will be an important part of shaping these updates. Click on the buttons below to comment on the draft documents:

DRAFT ORDINANCES: REVIEW & COMMENT

DRAFT DESIGN STANDARDS: REVIEW & COMMENT

Visit “Process Timeline” section to see tentative timeline for the publishing of the draft documents and public and stakeholder meetings.

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07/25/18
Candidate Forum: Surprise District 5

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07/31/18
Mayoral and Council Candidate Forum El Mirage

Why would the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce host candidate forums? 

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As an organization whose mission is to advocate for business and economic development, the Chamber has a keen interest in knowing what is happening in government. But it goes deeper. The Chamber is made up of citizens who live and work in the area. This is home; our members want to know who their elected officials are and where they stand on issues that affect us all. 


The Chamber is not a political action committee. We sponsor candidate forums because we believe people have a right to know what their candidates for public office say about issues that affect our communities. We provide the forums as a public service, and we are privileged and proud to play a role in the democratic process.
The Chamber does not endorse candidates. We will take positions on broad policy issues, but we don't support individual candidates in elections. We all benefit from an open exchange of information and ideas.  

A candidate forum allows candidates seeking public office to express their views openly so community members can understand their positions and make informed voting choices. 

Format: Moderator 
  • Audience question-and-answer session.
  • An unbiased event moderator will pose questions to the candidates.
  • The event moderator will maintain order and decorum for the event.
  • Each candidate will have an equal and fair opportunity to express his or her position on issues.
  • A timer will be used to indicate end of time allotments. A bell will indicate that the candidate’s time has elapsed.
General Forum Rules:
  • Order of appearance within each group of candidates will be chosen at random or alphabetical order and will be reversed for closing comments.
  • Opening statements of 1 to 2 minutes will allow candidates to introduce themselves.
  • Topics will be a wide range of issues of general interest to the public. The Chamber typically will submit two questions to each candidate.
  • No interaction among candidates, audience members or other program participants is allowed.
  • Answers to questions on issues will typically be limited to 1 minute, and each candidate will be given the chance to answer.
  • Each candidate will be given 1-2 minutes for closing statements to wrap up and cover any issues not yet discussed.
  • No substitutes or stand-ins for candidates are allowed, and no pre-recorded statements will be accepted.
Proper Decorum: 
·         No candidates, board members and event organizers will be allowed into the venue wearing campaign buttons for their candidacy or any candidate at the event.
·         The forum is not a debate. No interaction or debate among candidates will be allowed.
·         No direct interaction will be allowed from the audience. The audience cannot ask questions. Only the moderator will be allowed to interact with candidates.
·         All interaction by a candidate will be through the event moderator.
·         There will be no “winner” declared by the moderator or event sponsors.
·         “Grandstanding,” speaking off topic, or off-color remarks will be called out of order by the moderator.
·         No candidate or candidate supporters will be allowed to hand out materials, advertise, or otherwise solicit inside or outside the day of the event in any capacity.
·         All political demonstrations are prohibited
·         Cell phones should be turned off as a matter of courtesy
·         No unauthorized videos are allowed because of FCC rules
·         Placards, signs, posters, packages, suitcases or other large objects are prohibited
·         Weapons of any kind are prohibited except when carried by law enforcement officers
·         Attendees shall respect the rights of others and shall speak in a civil and courteous manner
·         Any violation of this code of conduct or forum rules will be cause for removal

The candidate forum is meant to inform the citizens of our community and create an opportunity for community building. If all candidates adhere to the rules everyone will benefit through increased visibility and general interest in the community.

 

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08/01/18
Northwest Business Builders

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08/06/18
Do You Snore? Or Have You Been Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?

Description:“Snoring may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea which can have serious (in some cases life-threatening) consequences. Many patients with sleep apnea have been given CPAP machines but can’t tolerate them. If a physician or other healthcare practitioner certified in the diagnosis of sleep disorders has diagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea in a loved one or you, relief without the need for CPAP may be as close as our dental office. Dr. Freydberg is trained and experienced in the use of oral devices for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Call for a consultation today.”

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08/08/18
Community Conveners Breakfast: Meet your Newly Elected U.S Representative Debbie Lesko

Meet your Newly Elected U.S Representative
Debbie Lesko


Join us for breakfast and a fireside chat featuring U.S. Representative Debbie Lesko. Congressman Lesko will speak to current issues as they relate to business, economy and government, and her role on various committees.

 

Get your tickets now!

$15 Members/$60 Guests
If you are not a member and interesting in joining, please call Mary at 623-218-8202

Convening leaders and influencers to discuss and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the business community.
These meetings are perfect for CEO’s, VP’s, Senior Executive’s community stakeholders, elected-officials, multi-business entrepreneurs, and persons interested in public policy.

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08/08/18
Have a Denture that Won't Stay in Place?

Do you or anyone you know have a denture that won’t stay put? If so, a “snap in” denture may be the answer. Our team at Burns Dentistry can help you make an educated decision. We make dentures that are retained by implants. The process is easier and quicker than you might imagine. Call today to reserve your seat, to see what denture is right for you.”

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08/09/18
Have a Denture that Won't Stay in Place?

Do you or anyone you know have a denture that won’t stay put? If so, a “snap in” denture may be the answer. Our team at Burns Dentistry can help you make an educated decision. We make dentures that are retained by implants. The process is easier and quicker than you might imagine. Call today to reserve your seat, to see what denture is right for you.”

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08/14/18
Mariposa Point of Surprise: CoffeeClub

SIMPLE, FAST AND FABULOUS
Come as you are, bring a friend, and don't forget your business cards!
Stop in for Coffee and Breakfast on the way to the office! Our Professional Coffee Club is casual, NO RSVP needed: share experiences and bond over a cup of coffee or tea. No agenda other than supporting each other and meeting new colleagues. Different coffee menu served monthly Second Tuesday of every month from 7:30 am - 9:00 am

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08/15/18
Northwest Business Builders

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Business Builder Breakfast at the Ball Park

An opportunity to make connections, promote your business in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. … all at an affordable price. Perfect for home based businesses, sales and marketing professionals, small one-person office, non-profits, multi-level marketers and others!

Cost $7.00 per person 

 

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Candidate Forum: El Mirage Mayoral

Why would the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce host candidate forums? 


As an organization whose mission is to advocate for business and economic development, the Chamber has a keen interest in knowing what is happening in government. But it goes deeper. The Chamber is made up of citizens who live and work in the area. This is home; our members want to know who their elected officials are and where they stand on issues that affect us all. 

Proper Decorum: 
·         No candidates, board members and event organizers will be allowed into the venue wearing campaign buttons for their candidacy or any candidate at the event.
·         The forum is not a debate. No interaction or debate among candidates will be allowed.
·         No direct interaction will be allowed from the audience. The audience cannot ask questions. Only the moderator will be allowed to interact with candidates.
·         All interaction by a candidate will be through the event moderator.
·         There will be no “winner” declared by the moderator or event sponsors.
·         “Grandstanding,” speaking off topic, or off-color remarks will be called out of order by the moderator.
·         No candidate or candidate supporters will be allowed to hand out materials, advertise, or otherwise solicit inside or outside the day of the event in any capacity.
·         All political demonstrations are prohibited
·         Cell phones should be turned off as a matter of courtesy
·         No unauthorized videos are allowed because of FCC rules
·         Placards, signs, posters, packages, suitcases or other large objects are prohibited
·         Weapons of any kind are prohibited except when carried by law enforcement officers
·         Attendees shall respect the rights of others and shall speak in a civil and courteous manner
·         Any violation of this code of conduct or forum rules will be cause for removal

The candidate forum is meant to inform the citizens of our community and create an opportunity for community building. If all candidates adhere to the rules everyone will benefit through increased visibility and general interest in the community. 

Quick Links:
Candidate Forums
Why Join the Chamber
Become an Advocate

more info...
Coming Soon...
Candidate Forum: El Mirage Council

Why would the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce host candidate forums? 


As an organization whose mission is to advocate for business and economic development, the Chamber has a keen interest in knowing what is happening in government. But it goes deeper. The Chamber is made up of citizens who live and work in the area. This is home; our members want to know who their elected officials are and where they stand on issues that affect us all. 

Proper Decorum: 
·         No candidates, board members and event organizers will be allowed into the venue wearing campaign buttons for their candidacy or any candidate at the event.
·         The forum is not a debate. No interaction or debate among candidates will be allowed.
·         No direct interaction will be allowed from the audience. The audience cannot ask questions. Only the moderator will be allowed to interact with candidates.
·         All interaction by a candidate will be through the event moderator.
·         There will be no “winner” declared by the moderator or event sponsors.
·         “Grandstanding,” speaking off topic, or off-color remarks will be called out of order by the moderator.
·         No candidate or candidate supporters will be allowed to hand out materials, advertise, or otherwise solicit inside or outside the day of the event in any capacity.
·         All political demonstrations are prohibited
·         Cell phones should be turned off as a matter of courtesy
·         No unauthorized videos are allowed because of FCC rules
·         Placards, signs, posters, packages, suitcases or other large objects are prohibited
·         Weapons of any kind are prohibited except when carried by law enforcement officers
·         Attendees shall respect the rights of others and shall speak in a civil and courteous manner
·         Any violation of this code of conduct or forum rules will be cause for removal

The candidate forum is meant to inform the citizens of our community and create an opportunity for community building. If all candidates adhere to the rules everyone will benefit through increased visibility and general interest in the community. 

Quick Links:
Candidate Forums
Why Join the Chamber
Become an Advocate

more info...