Friday, December 17, 2010

Communiversity Gets Involved in New Economic Development Committee

As part of the Arizona Artists Guild's fall exhibition, which attracted 85 artists from 17 Arizona cities, an Award of Excellence went to Lawrence Carter, of Sun City West, and a Merit Award went to Jean Dibner, also of Sun City West. A Merchant's Award went to Woodard Mackie, of Surprise. The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce will be making economic development one of its key areas of focus over the next year having just entered a multiyear service agreement with the city of Surprise.

The new economic development committee will be guiding the chamber's activities as it begins to play a more significant role in aiding its five constituent communities in growing the region's economic activity. The committee is made up of the following individuals: Bill Pupo, former city of Surprise City Manager, currently of Bill Pupo Consulting and chairman of the committee; Scott Phillips, vice president of Carefree Partners; Joe LaRue, president and CEO of Sun Health; John Harrington, CEO of Banner Del Webb Medical Center; Latonya Finch, regional manager of economic development for BNSF Railway; Todd Hornback, director of community life at DMB Associates; Dr. Todd Aakhus, director of Rio Salado Community College/Communiversity at Surprise; and Rich Marchant, vice president of operations for Crescent Crown Distributing.

For more information on the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Committee, contact David Moss at 623-583-0692. Information about the Communiversity @ Surprise, go to

Source: Sun City Independent Newspaper