Episode 19 Hosts: Bruce TakefmanBruce TakefmanAmber HunterAmber Hunter Guest: Jeanine JerkovicJeanine Jerkovic ED Director City of Surprise

Episode 19:

This week we are joined by Jeanine Jerkovic, Economic Development Director at the City of Surprise in Phoenix, Arizona. We delve into Jeanine’s early career in politics that saw her work for the late Senator John McCain and as a Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix. Jeanine also discusses how she has utilized creative marketing tactics, such as the #SnacksWithSurprise campaign to raise the City of Surprise’s brand and online presence.


 About City of Surprise

Our sprawling suburban city is located in the northwest Phoenix Metropolitan area, just 45 minutes from Downtown Phoenix and the Sky Harbor International Airport.

Residents and visitors enjoy the small-town feel with big-city amenities that only Surprise can offer. From community celebrations, art galleries and cultural experiences, to regional festivals, our multigenerational city has something for everyone.

Surprise is home to the southwest’s largest tennis and racquet complex, professionally designed golf courses, an urban fishing lake and aquatic centers.

Each spring, our population explodes when we welcome the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers during the Cactus League Spring Training! Voted 2018’s Number 1 Spring Training Stadium in Arizona by USA Today*, Surprise Stadium offers the ultimate baseball fan experience complete with up-close and personal interactions with your favorite major leaguers!

About Research FDI

Our experienced team of economic development and research consultants has generated leads and investment projects for more than 120 economic development organizations. We put our clients in front of corporate decision makers seeking to expand or relocate their organizations to a new geographic location. We’re focused on helping our clients create important business relationships that will serve to grow awareness of their region, promote its economic strengths and increase direct investment.