The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) requires ongoing agency technological support in order to perform many program-essential functions. This support includes transportation, air quality, and land use modeling; geographic information systems; and automated accounting, professional, and administrative tasks involving extensive word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Each of these functions requires the reliable operation of desktop computers and workstations interconnected by a local area network. In addition, the technological support provided facilitates agency and public participation in meetings and collaborative activities, including the sharing of information through the MAG Technology Advisory Group.
The mission of the Agency Technological Support Program is to support the technology needs of the MAG organization, encourage development and maintenance of the technological infrastructure and applications that increase the efficiency of government operations, improve access to public information, and expedite the delivery of government services in Maricopa County. This includes, but is not limited to, improving air quality by reducing commuting and/or business-related trips through the use of video and audio conferencing and high-speed telecommunications infrastructure connections.
Telecommunications offers a valuable technological tool to enhance communication among MAG member agencies and other parties. The use of audioconferencing, videoconferencing and e-mail supplements the face-to-face communication that takes place in the region, while reducing the time and cost associated with travel. The Information Services telecommunications program features two cutting edge programs designed to connect member agencies: the Regional Videoconferencing System (RVS) and the MAG Regional Community Network (RCN) Study.