Desert Peaks Awards

MAG Desert Peaks AwardsThe Desert Peaks Awards were initiated by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to recognize individuals and partnerships that have demonstrated a commitment to regionalism through their cooperative efforts. By working together, local governments can solve common problems, proactively address concerns that affect all communities, and produce impressive results that strengthen both individual communities and the region. These joint efforts often lead to a better use of resources and service delivery to citizens. By participating in this nomination process, you are helping us honor those people, projects and partnerships that make our region a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.

2018 Desert Peaks Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Dennis Smith
  • Public Partnership - Apache Junction Chronic Homeless Committee
  • Public-Private Partnership - Dementia Friendly Tempe
  • Professional Service - Elizabeth Finn, Presiding Judge, City of Glendale
  • Regional Partnership - Text to 9-1-1 Project
  • Outstanding Economic Development Champion - City of Avondale Economic Development Dept.
  • Regional Excellence - Greg Stanton, Former Phoenix Mayor


To view the winners' speeches, go to our Newsroom page and view the videos there.

Dennis Smith 2018 Desert Peaks Award Lifetime Achievement

Dennis Smith Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Apache Junction Chronic Homeless Committee

Public Partnership Award Winner: Apache Junction Chronic Homeless Committee

Dementia Friendly Tempe

Public-Private Partnership Award Winner: Dementia Friendly Tempe

Judge Elizabeth Finn

Professional Service Award Winner: Judge Elizabeth Finn, City of Glendale

Text to 9-1-21

Regional Partnership Award Winner: Text to 9-1-1 Project

Outstanding Economic Development City of Avondale

Outstanding Economic Development Champion Winner: City of Avondale

Regional Excellence Award Winner Greg Stanton

Regional Excellence Winner: Greg Stanton


A Special Thank You to our Sponsors

2018 Desert Peaks Awards sponsors

Sponsoring the 2018 Desert Peaks Awards helps us recognize leaders who help make the Maricopa region a better place to live, work, and play. Together we organized an event that demonstrates how effective partnerships and collaborations can lead to significant improvements for those who reside in the MAG region.

Gold Sponsor


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Silver Sponsor

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