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Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address Focuses on Technology, Innovation and Economic Growth

Mayor Hepner delivering her State of the City address

May 19, 2016

In her annual State of the City Address to the business community, Mayor Linda Hepner highlighted the growing prominence of Surrey as a centre for smart technology, innovation and economic growth. As the premier metropolitan centre South of the Fraser, the City of Surrey is well positioned to take full advantage of the capital investment and strategic partnerships in a number of economic sectors.

“Surrey is a city full of possibilities and is primed to be a centre for technology and innovation for the region,” said Mayor Hepner. “Our potential for job and economic growth is tremendous. The bottom line Surrey is being recognized both at home and abroad as a city that builds global connections.”

In today’s State of the City Address, Mayor Hepner announced a number of new projects and initiatives that range from public safety education to cutting edge cleantech technology research to film and TV production.

The creation of the KPU-Foresight Cleantech Global Innovation Zone. Housed on the KPU Tech site in Cloverdale and in partnership with the City, SFU and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, a centre of excellence for clean technology research and full on advanced manufacturing will be built on a campus-like environment.
A new film studio in Newton. California based Skydance Media will be converting the former Pacific Newspaper Group (PNG) printing press building to a five sound stage studio that can accommodate a production staff of up to 400 people.

The creation of a Children’s Safety Village. The child-sized village will be a place for children to learn about safety in a hands-on interactive way to make sure the lessons stick with them.
Site selection has commenced for new helipads in North and South Surrey. Discussions underway with a consortium of private helicopter companies to bring commercial helicopter service to Surrey.

The City of Surrey is committed to making significant capital investment to ensure that the community and social amenities are there for all our residents and visitors alike. $334,000,000 in capital projects were made on a variety of projects which include:

  • Two new aquatic centres in Guildford and Grandview
  • Expansion of the Surrey Museum
  • Design and construction of the Clayton multi-purpose facility
  • New Cloverdale Ice Arena slated to be opened in 2018
  • Development of a second YMCA in Surrey
  • Flood control improvements in lowland areas

“With a city growing as fast as ours, our work is never done,” said Mayor Hepner. “But what we are doing today is laying down a firm and stable foundation that will shape the social, economic, and environmental requirements of Surrey for years to come.”

Watch the Mayor's full City Address presentation.