The economic development programs focus on advancing the infrastructure for the MAG region, specifically in the area of transportation.
Economic Development Committee
Interactive Mapping Tools
Transportation Related Efforts
Planners & ED Partnership Exchange
Joint Planning Advisory Council
Studies and Other Initiatives
ExporTech is a nationally recognized program proven to help small and mid-sized companies boost their sales revenues via exports. The program is delivered by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) RevAZ Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, along with national partners. In the Spring of 2017, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) co-sponsored this eighth ExporTech program in Arizona, the first regional program.
State Route (SR) 189 serves as a critical international commerce connection for commercial vehicles traveling from the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona north to Interstate 19. In 2014, MAG, together with other regional planning agencies, approved a resolution of support to jointly advocate for the acceleration of improvements to SR-189. In April 2016, the MAG Regional Council approved supporting Arizona Department of Transportation’s rural TIGER Grant application to fund the construction of an interim flyover ramp directly connecting northbound SR-189 traffic onto Interstate 19. With 3 million northbound vehicles being processed through the Mariposa Port of Entry each year, the interchange would relieve freight congestion for a critical international commerce connection.
Opportunity Arizona is a collaborative initiative among MAG, West-MEC, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and other partners, with the purpose of raising awareness and opportunities about the viability of foundation jobs and career technical education, and the impact these fields have on the region’s global competitiveness. This initiative began with an event in the Spring of 2016, which comprised business leaders and policy makers. During the event, a video showcased current best in class examples of Joint Technical Education District manufacturing training programs in rural and urban communities in the state.