News Releases

Secure Your Load This Holiday Season

PHOENIX (November 28, 2023) – Holiday time in Arizona is filled with plenty of festive traditions, from decking the halls with oversized decorations to choosing a new Christmas tree to finding that perfect family present.

Rio Reimagined Ambassador Selected

PHOENIX (October 31, 2023) — Helping to protect rivers that connect diverse communities within the Maricopa region. Implementing strategies to revitalize the communities and amenities along the Salt and Gila rivers. Serving as a liaison among local and tribal governments, Arizona State University, and a variety of entities in the Rio Reimagined Partnership with the federal government.

Domestic Violence a Key Cause of Homelessness for Women

PHOENIX (September 29, 2023) — According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence,* up to 57 percent of unsheltered women report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. Additionally, 38 percent of all victims of domestic violence experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.

MAG Names New Chief of Staff and New Chief Transportation Officer

PHOENIX (September 21, 2023) - The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) has named Audra Koester Thomas as its new chief of staff and John Bullen as the agency’s chief transportation officer, following a selection process that included a multi-agency review panel.

Two New Loop 303 Interchanges Will Help Traffic Flow, Improve Economic Development

PHOENIX (September 5, 2023) - Two critical new traffic interchanges are now open at 51st and 43rd avenues along the Loop 303. The interchanges will help address traffic growth prompted by current and planned development, including providing direct access to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest contract silicon chip manufacturer.

MAG Applauds Bill that Allows Voters to Determine Transportation Future

PHOENIX (July 31, 2023) — After years of regional planning and months of bipartisan negotiations, the Arizona State Legislature has passed a bill that will allow Maricopa County voters to decide whether to extend the half-cent sales tax for transportation. The move comes on the final day of the 2023 legislative session.

MAG Elects New Officers 2023

PHOENIX (June 28, 2023) - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego was elected as chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council today during the agency’s annual meeting. As the agency’s new chair, Gallego said the extension of Proposition 400 will be her top priority.

Region to Address Unsheltered Homelessness Through New Federal Program

PHOENIX (May 18, 2023) - The Maricopa region is teaming up with the White House and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) to participate in ALL INside, a first-of-its kind initiative to address unsheltered homelessness. (Watch the launch event live at 11 a.m. on YouTube highlighting Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Mesa Mayor John Giles)

Heat Relief Network Seeks to Reduce Heat Deaths

PHOENIX (May 1, 2023) - As blistering summer temperatures loom in the Valley, the Maricopa Association of Governments and dozens of partnering agencies are today launching the regional Heat Relief Network.

Street Count Shows Continued Rise in Homelessness

PHOENIX (April 24, 2023) - The number of people experiencing homelessness continues to increase in Maricopa County, although the number of people on the street did decline slightly over the previous count.

Eric Anderson Named 2023 “Transit Champion”

PHOENIX (April 4, 2023) – Citing his contributions to improving the Valley’s transportation system for more than four decades, the Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) has named Maricopa Association of Governments Executive Director Eric Anderson their 2023 Transit Champion.

MAG Named WTS Employer of the Year

PHOENIX (April 3, 2023) – As an agency long committed to advancing transportation and supporting the careers of women, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) was recognized this weekend by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Arizona Chapter as the 2023 Employer of the Year.

Region Receives $36.3 Million to Help Those Experiencing Homelessness

PHOENIX (March 29, 2023) – As the region sees continued increases in the number of people experiencing homelessness, more than $36 million in newly announced federal funding is on the way to help fund dozens of local homelessness programs. The money will be distributed to 32 programs that help provide housing and services to people experiencing homelessness in the Maricopa region.