The Little City That Could

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Once a sleepy bedroom community, Surprise is gearing up for massive economic growth.

The city of Surprise, one of several fast-growing suburbs in the West Valley, has historically been known to longtime residents as a sleepy bedroom or retirement community.

But as the Phoenix metro continues to attract attention and new industries expand to the Grand Canyon State, the city of about 150,000 is seeing a shift in its population, housing and commercial offerings — and its image.

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