The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.
When MAG was formed in 1967, the elected officials recognized the need for data driven long-range planning and policy development on a regional scale. They realized that many issues such as transportation, air quality and human services affected residents beyond the borders of their individual jurisdictions.
MAG was founded in the spirit of cooperation. MAG members believe that by uniting, they can solve common problems, take an active role in long-range regional issues and address concerns that affect all of the communities. MAG conducts extensive applied research needed to accomplish its core mission of strengthening the Greater Phoenix region and State of Arizona
MAG is the regional air quality planning agency and metropolitan planning organization for transportation for all jurisdictions in Maricopa County, including the Phoenix urbanized area and the contiguous urbanized area in Pinal County, including the Town of Florence and City of Maricopa. MAG has also been designated by the Governor to serve as the principal planning agency for the region in a number of other areas, including water quality and solid waste management. In addition, through an Executive Order from the Governor, MAG develops population estimates and projections for the region. Extensive primary research aids in this work.
2015 Heat Relief Maps
The summer heat in Arizona can be deadly. According to the National Weather Service, the Phoenix area averages 110 days of temperatures above 100 degrees. It is important to protect yourself from the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Vulnerable populations like older adults, children, people who are experiencing homelessness and those who work outdoors, need to take extra precautions. The Maricopa Association of Governments has partnered with non-profit organizations, the faith-based community, cities and towns in the region and others to form the Heat Relief Network and to provide heat relief maps.
These maps have been created to indicate resources available in the community:
The collection and donations map provides regional locations that are collecting bottled water and other donations such as clothing, unopened sun block, and food items for those who are in need. The hydration stations map indicates regional locations that people can go to for water or other donations. Our refuge and emergency hydration map includes locations that provide a safe, cool place indoors during the day for homeless people. Additional information from our Continuum of Care Committee on protecting yourself from the dangers of Arizona's heat can be found here and at the Maricopa County website. For additional information on regional heat relief efforts, please contact Celina Brun at (602) 254-6300.
The Spine Study: Interstate-10 and Interstate-17 Corridor Master Plan
The Maricopa Association of Governments, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation, launched The Spine Study to develop a Corridor Master Plan for the Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 corridor. This corridor is referred to as the “Spine,” because it serves as the backbone for transportation in the metropolitan Phoenix area. In fact, the corridor handles more than 40 percent of all daily freeway traffic in the region. Click here to learn more about the Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 corridor master plan.
Expanding the Border Zone in Arizona
Every year, thousands of frequent, low-risk visitors travel from Mexico into Arizona utilizing a border crossing card, conducting business, visiting with family and friends, or shopping. The cards are considered one of the most secure border travel documents. Visitors traveling with border crossing cards put tens of millions of dollars into the Arizona economy annually. Expanding the border zone requires an administrative change through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Join the Maricopa Association of Governments and its partners in an “action team” to provide input into and support the border zone extension requests. Click here to view our video presentation on Expanding the Border Zone in Arizona.
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