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Dec 17, 2012:  Tips for Secured Vehicle Loads During Post-Holiday Clean Up

PHOENIX (Dec. 17, 2012) – As the holiday season comes to a close, it is time to store the decorations, take down the tree and greet the new year. Throughout Maricopa County, there are several locations for residents to drop off their Christmas trees for recycling, and Don’t Trash Arizona wants to ensure that the trees arrive at these sites without littering the freeways, becoming a dangerous road hazard.

Dec 05, 2012:  December 5th Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (December 5, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the December 5, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Dec 04, 2012:  Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, December 4, 2012 Meeting.

PHOENIX (December 4, 2012) – An Update on the Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Dec. 4, 2012 Meeting.

Nov 06, 2012:  Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, November 6, 2012 Meeting.

PHOENIX (November 6, 2012) – An Update on the Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Nov. 6, 2012 Meeting.

Oct 30, 2012:  MAG Awarded $150,000 to Help Make Greater Phoenix an 'Age-Friendly' Community

PHOENIX (October 30, 2012) – The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Pfizer Foundation and Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), a national association of funders, as part of Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages.

Oct 24, 2012:  October 24th Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (October 24, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the October 24, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Oct 19, 2012:  Littering of Cups, Cans and Butts Decreases in Maricopa County

PHOENIX (Oct. 19, 2012) – A recent survey commissioned by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) finds that Maricopa County residents who admit to littering soda cans, bottles and cigarette butts decreased by half from the previous year, while the number of admitted litterers who littered while driving decreased by 16 percent.

Oct 17, 2012:  October 2012 Let's Keep Moving Transportation Update

Your E-News Update From the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) - October 17, 2012

Oct 02, 2012:  Victim Advocates: Pointing the Way to Safety

PHOENIX (Oct 1, 2012) – She was battered, tortured and terrorized for more than six years. But Terry (last name withheld) finally found the strength to leave her attacker and prosecute him, thanks in part to the help of a victim advocate that helped her navigate the complex twists and turns of the criminal justice system.

Oct 02, 2012:  Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, October 2, 2012 Meeting

PHOENIX (October 2, 2012) – An Update on the Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Oct. 2, 2012 Meeting.

Sep 19, 2012:  September 2012 Let's Keep Moving Transportation Update

Your E-News Update From the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) - September 19, 2012

Sep 11, 2012:  Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Sept. 11, 2012 Meeting.

PHOENIX (September 11, 2012) — An Update on the Activities of the MAG Economic Development Committee, Sept. 11, 2012 Meeting.

Sep 06, 2012:  Region’s Work in Aging Nationally Recognized

PHOENIX (September 6, 2012) – Efforts in the Greater Phoenix region to improve the lives of seniors were selected as among the most innovative in the country and were spotlighted last week in Washington, D.C., during the first White House Forum on Urban Innovation.

Aug 17, 2012:  Don't Trash Arizona Offers Tips for Safe College Move-Ins

PHOENIX (August 17, 2012) — It’s the start of a new school year and for college-bound students, that means it’s time to move into dorms and apartments. Arizona State University’s move-in days for campus residents starts Friday, Aug. 17. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Don’t Trash Arizona campaign offers tips for students and parents to keep the roadways litter-free and safe from falling debris during college move-ins.

Aug 01, 2012:  Monsoon Storms Sweep Litter and Dangerous Debris Across Valley Freeways

PHOENIX (August 1, 2012) — From monsoon rainstorms to desert haboobs, the summer months signify the onset of Arizona’s storm season. The seasonal rainfall and sweeping winds add to the litter across the Valley’s freeways and can even leave unhealthy impacts to residents and the environment, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the organization behind the “No Cups, Cans or Butts – Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative.

Jul 30, 2012:  Crossing Guards Get Know-how, Tools to Get Kids to School Safely

PHOENIX – (July 30, 2012) 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. About 400 school crossing guards are expected to participate in these training sessions. The 2012 Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshops are sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and its member agencies.

Jul 25, 2012:  July 25 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (July 25, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the July 25, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Jul 18, 2012:  July 2012 Let's Keep Moving Transportation Update

PHOENIX (July 18, 2012) – Your E-News Update From the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane Chair - July 18, 2012, Meeting Summary.

Jun 28, 2012:  MAG Elects New Officers

PHOENIX (June 28, 2012) — Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers 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 28, 2012:  Desert Peaks Awards Honor Regional Efforts

PHOENIX (June 28, 2012) – During a ceremony attended by nearly 300 people, the Maricopa Association of Governments honored nine partnerships and individuals in six categories who were selected to receive the 2012 Desert Peaks Awards.

Jun 27, 2012:  June 2012 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (June 27, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the June 27, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Jun 21, 2012:  Plan Trash-Free Road Trip This Summer

PHOENIX (June 20, 2012) Summer is the season when the wide open highway calls to many Arizonans, beckoning them to a road trip adventure. It is also when the state’s roadways take an extra beating from the paper litter, cigarette butts and blown-out tire treads that can accumulate when motorists don’t take time to plan ahead, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the organization behind the powerful “No Cups, Cans or Butts – Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative.

Jun 19, 2012:  The Sun Corridor in the 21st Century Global Network

The Sun Corridor Economic Region in the 21st Century Global Network was held on June 13, 2012.  This event featured Michael Gallis from Michael Gallis and Associates, one of the country’s leading experts in large-scale metropolitan regional development strategies.  Nearly 200 people were in attendance.  Click here to view a portion of Mr. Gallis’ presentation.

Jun 18, 2012:  Heat Relief Efforts Help Homeless
Water Donations Make a Difference

PHOENIX (June 18, 2012) –Extreme heat in Arizona can be deadly.  Each year, a number of lives are lost due to heat-related illness. The heat can affect anyone, but persons who are homeless are at increased risk. In an effort to provide resources to those in need, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) has partnered with municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and the faith-based community to coordinate the Heat Relief Network. To sustain these efforts, MAG is calling for businesses and residents to help out with bottled water donations.

May 25, 2012:  Biodegradable Trash is Still Litter

PHOENIX (May 24, 2012) — When in doubt, don’t throw it out. Even litter that’s considered “biodegradable” can take years to decompose, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), which recently launched the “No Cups, Cans or Butts – Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative.

May 15, 2012:  Desert Peaks Awards Recipients Named

PHOENIX (May 15, 2012) – During a special ceremony in June, the Maricopa Association of Governments will honor nine partnerships and individuals who have been selected to receive the 2012 Desert Peaks Awards. The prestigious awards are presented to those agencies and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting, recognizing, and attaining the ideals of regionalism.

May 03, 2012:  Regional Planning Agencies From Across State Support Border Resolution

PHOENIX (May 2, 2012) – Improving trade relations with Mexico and enhancing the flow of commerce into Arizona is the goal of a border resolution that has been supported by all of the Councils of Govern- ments and all of the state’s metropolitan planning organizations throughout Arizona. The resolution calls for proactive support for infrastructure improvements at the Arizona ports of entry to improve traffic flow and improve trade between Arizona and Mexico.

Apr 25, 2012:  Region Chosen for National Pilot Project on Aging

PHOENIX (April 25, 2012) – The MetLife Foundation and Partners for Livable Communities has selected the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the Greater Phoenix region to participate in the City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place, a new national pilot project striving to help people aged 65 years and more to live independently in their homes.

Apr 25, 2012:  April 2012 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (April 25, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the April 25, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Mar 28, 2012:  March 2012 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (March 28, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the March 28, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Mar 21, 2012:  Southwest Valley Residents Encouraged to Voice Transit Needs

SOUTHWEST VALLEY (March 21, 2012) — Southwest Valley residents are encouraged to attend a transit summit to suggest which local transit services best meet their needs. The summit is part of an overall study on local transit needs in the Southwest Valley that is being conducted by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).

Mar 21, 2012:  Partnering Charter Sets Vision for Grand Avenue

WEST VALLEY (March 21, 2012) – A partnering charter signed by six cities, Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) commits to cooperatively creating an overall vision for the Grand Avenue Corridor that “embraces the important regional function of Grand Avenue” and outlines a study process for moving forward with significant improvements to the corridor. All of the signers are members of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).

Feb 27, 2012:  Southwest Valley Residents Urged to Communicate Transit Needs

SOUTHWEST VALLEY (Feb. 27, 2012) – Southwest Valley residents are being asked to communicate the types of local transit services they need now and in the future. They can provide input now through an online survey or through an upcoming transit summit in April.

Feb 23, 2012:  Arizona Infielder Ryan Roberts Launches New Anti-Litter Campaign

PHOENIX (Feb. 23, 2012) — The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) kicked off its new anti-littering campaign today with the help of Arizona third baseman Ryan “Tatman” Roberts and Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, unveiling a powerful “No Cups, Cans or Butts—Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative. The new campaign emphasizes three of the most frequently tossed trash items on freeways and features a simplified yet bold new logo.

Feb 22, 2012:  February 2012 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (February 22, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the February 22, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.

Feb 15, 2012:  Don’t Trash Arizona Hosts Event to Unveil 2012 Campaign and Celebrity Spokesperson

PHOENIX (Feb. 15, 2012) – With a goal of eliminating highway littering in the region, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is unveiling a new Don’t Trash Arizona ad campaign that will target litterers with a new theme, a refreshed look, and a new celebrity spokesman: Arizona professional baseball player Ryan “Tatman” Roberts.

Feb 13, 2012:  Region’s Leaders Plan for Explosive Growth in Aging Population

PHOENIX (February 13, 2012) —  Meeting the needs of an exploding senior population that wants to “age in place” will be the focus of a regional forum February 15th that will feature local and national experts in aging services. More than 200 people have registered for the event, which follows a year-long series of focus groups to determine how the needs of older adults have changed in the past 10 years.

Feb 08, 2012:  Vote Represents Milestone for South Mountain Freeway

PHOENIX (February 8, 2012) — A vote by the Gila River Indian Community — which unofficially appears to favor a “no-build” option for construction of the South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway — means that the study of the Pecos Road (off-Community) alignment continues. The Community position will be considered as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Jan 25, 2012:  January 2012 Regional Council Activity Report

PHOENIX (January 25, 2012) — Summary of the actions taken during the January 25, 2012 Regional Council meeting, and information about upcoming events.