Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2021, including Jeanine Jerkovic of the  City of SurpriseIn celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2021 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2021 dinner and reception.

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Today’s spotlight: Jeanine Jerkovic

Economic development director

City of Surprise

Jerkovic was recognized in 2019  as “Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development.

Lesson learned in 2020:I learned the importance of having a plan and mobilizing that plan quickly. During the first days of the pandemic, our leadership team involved me in our city’s emergency continuity team, and I not only gained resiliency skills as a leader, I credit this with creating a vital lifeline to our business community.”

Source of pride:I am most proud of leading the recruitment of Costco to the City of Surprise, because it was the most-wanted retailer by the residents for several years. When the Surprise Costco opened its doors in September 2020, it launched a 890,000-square-feet Prasada Gateway Village masterplan.”

Surprising fact:I love llamas! Every year on February 26, I do a social media shout-out to celebrate the anniversary of the great ‘llama run” of 2015, when two llamas who escaped a local petting zoo went on a run through the City of Surprise. I love that a local cowboy lassoed them live on national television.”