PHOENIX (June 26, 2018)—Helping the homeless. Providing resources to dementia patients. Bringing Text to 9-1-1 services to the Valley. All of these projects demonstrate the value of regionalism, and they will be among a number of projects, organizations and individuals honored during the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) 2018 Desert Peaks Awards ceremony tomorrow night.

2018 Desert Peaks Awards

The awards program will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix. MAG Chair Jackie Meck, mayor of Buckeye, will emcee the event and will discuss the state of the region during the passing of the gavel at the end of the awards program. After receiving the gavel, Incoming MAG Chair Gail Barney, mayor of Queen Creek, will lay out his leadership focus for the upcoming year.

The projects, organizations and individuals judged to best represent the highest standards of excellence through the Desert Peaks Awards include:

Lifetime Achievement AwardDennis Smith
Public PartnershipApache Junction Chronic Homeless Committee
Public-Private PartnershipDementia Friendly Tempe
Professional ServiceElizabeth Finn, Presiding Judge, City of Glendale
Regional PartnershipText to 9-1-1 Project
Outstanding Economic Development ChampionCity of Avondale Economic Development Dept.
Regional ExcellenceGreg Stanton, Former Phoenix Mayor

For more on these projects and partnerships, see attached descriptions. Media inquiries, contact Kelly Taft, 602-452-5020.

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