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Dec 23, 2011:  Audit Shows MAG Delivering Prop 400 as Promised

PHOENIX (Dec. 23, 2011) – Yesterday, the Arizona Auditor General released a performance audit on the countywide Regional Transportation Plan, known publicly as Proposition 400, that shows the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is delivering projects as promised to voters.

Dec 07, 2011:  December 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (December 7, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the December 7, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Nov 03, 2011:  Most Common Litter: Biodegradable Trash, Small Paper, Cigarette Butts.

PHOENIX (Nov. 3, 2011) – Before you toss that cigarette butt or apple core out the car window, consider this: It might stay there for years, attracting other litter, injuring wildlife, and impacting our economy by driving away tourists and business.

Oct 26, 2011:  October 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (October 26, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the October 26, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Oct 11, 2011:  Standards Unveiled for Domestic Violence Arrests

PHOENIX – (October 11, 2011) As Domestic Violence Awareness Month is recognized in October, the region is celebrating tangible progress being made toward putting offenders behind bars.

Sep 28, 2011:  MAG Launches Metropolitan Business Plan

PHOENIX (Sept. 28, 2011) – The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and economic development leaders across the region, will formally launch its Metropolitan Business Planning Initiative next week.

Sep 21, 2011:  September 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (September 21, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the September 21, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Sep 15, 2011:  Call for Entries for Design-A-Litterbag Contest

PHOENIX (Sept. 15, 2011) – Budding high school artists in Maricopa County will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity while helping the environment through a Design-A-Litterbag Contest being launched today by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG.

Sep 14, 2011:  September 2011 Let's Keep Moving Transportation Update

Your E-News Update From the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) Surprise Mayor Lyn Truitt, Chair - September 14, 2011, Meeting Summary.

Aug 15, 2011:  MAG Selected for Brookings Partnership

PHOENIX – (August 15, 2011) The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), in collaboration with economic development leaders across the region, has been selected to participate in a Metropolitan Business Planning Initiative to determine an economic development strategy for the region.

Jul 27, 2011:  July 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (July 27, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the July 27, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Jul 26, 2011:  Crossing Guards Receive Training, Tools to Get Kids Safely to School

PHOENIX (July 26, 2011) As thousands of children in the Valley return to school, many of the people who make sure they get to school safely will take part in regional training workshops during the next two weeks.

Jun 30, 2011:  MAG Elects New Officers

PHOENIX (June 30, 2011) – Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman has been elected to lead the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the regional planning agency for the Maricopa region. MAG is a Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization that provides a regional forum for discussion, analysis, and resolution of regional issues, including transportation, air quality, and human services.

Jun 29, 2011:  Governor Proclaims July 1 Don’t Trash Arizona! Day

PHOENIX (June 29, 2011) – In recognition of five years of litter education and prevention efforts to reduce litter on our state and regional highways, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has proclaimed July 1, 2011, as Don’t Trash Arizona! Day.

Jun 15, 2011:  Heat Relief Efforts Help Homeless

PHOENIX (June 15, 2011) – Extreme heat during summer months in Arizona can have deadly consequences for people experiencing homelessness.

Jun 13, 2011:  “Experience Transit” Workshop: Part of the Transportation Ambassador Program (TAP) Regional Meeting

PHOENIX (June 13, 2011) – Experiencing transit during a mobile workshop is one of several events planned Monday during a regional meeting of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Transportation Ambassador Program (TAP) today.

May 25, 2011:  May 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (May 25, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the May 25, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

May 12, 2011:  Sustainable Transportation and Land Use Forum, June 2, 2011

PHOENIX (May 12, 2011) – ULI Arizona and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) invite you to participate in an open forum to discuss implications of today's transportation investment decisions for the long-term competitiveness and quality of life in Metropolitan Phoenix.

May 06, 2011:  Region Awarded $1.4 Million for Homeless Individuals and Families

PHOENIX (May 6, 2011) – The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness was awarded $1,405,546 for three new local programs. The funding will provide 52 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families in the region.

Apr 27, 2011:  April 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (April 27, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the April 27, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Apr 26, 2011:  Homeless Street Count Down 36 Percent

PHOENIX (April 26, 2011) – On, January 25, 2011, volunteers fanned out across the region and counted a total of 1,749 people experiencing homelessness, a 36 percent decrease from 2010. This year marks the second decrease in the number of people on the streets.

Mar 30, 2011:  March 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (March 30, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the March 30, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Mar 23, 2011:  March 2011 Let's Keep Moving Transportation Update

PHOENIX (March 23, 2011) – Your E-News Update from the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Chair - March 23, 2011, Meeting Summary.

Mar 10, 2011:  2010 Census Data Released: Maricopa Region Grows 24.2%

PHOENIX (March 10, 2011) – Maricopa County continues to gain population, but at a slower rate than in past decades, according to official census figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The numbers released today include population, housing, and ethnicity data for Arizona, including specific numbers by county and municipality.

Mar 01, 2011:  Grant to Help Region Address Needs of Older Adults

PHOENIX (March 1, 2011) — A grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will support efforts by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to gather critical data on services available for older adults and ultimately identify ways for local governments to meet their needs in a cost-efficient way.

Feb 28, 2011:  Survey Shows Don’t Trash Arizona Program Picking Up Momentum

PHOENIX (Feb. 28, 2011) – Maricopa County residents are recording positive changes in their levels of awareness and behavior when it comes to reducing litter, with 74 percent reporting they did not litter at all during the previous 12-month period. Those are among the findings of an annual survey conducted for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) late last year as part of the Don’t Trash Arizona Litter Prevention and Education Program.

Feb 23, 2011:  February 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (February 23, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the February 23, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Feb 16, 2011:  February 2011 Let's Keep Moving Transportation Update

PHOENIX (February 16, 2011) – Your E-News Update from the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Chair February 16, 2011, Meeting Summary.

Jan 26, 2011:  January 2011 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (January 26, 2011) — Summary of the actions taken during the January 26, 2011 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Jan 25, 2011:  EPA Approves New Dust Factors, State Withdraws Plan to Incorporate Information

PHOENIX (January 25, 2011) – The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is supporting a decision announced today by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to voluntarily withdraw a dust control plan known as the MAG Five Percent Plan for PM-10.  The move allows for the use of new paved road dust factors provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the plan.

Jan 21, 2011:  Region Awarded $22.5 Million for Homeless People

PHOENIX (January 21, 2011) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced grant funding Wednesday in the amount of $1.41 billion for homeless assistance programs across the country. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness was awarded $22.5 million for 53 local programs.

Jan 21, 2011:  MEDIA ALERT: 2011 Homeless Street Count

PHOENIX (January 21, 2011) – On Jan. 25, 2011, hundreds of volunteers will fan out across the region as part of a massive effort to count homeless people sleeping on the streets. Volunteer teams, which include city, county and state agencies, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and private residents, will canvass all areas identified to likely have homeless individuals who are living unsheltered on the streets.