Socioeconomic Research Program Manager: Peter Burnett Information Services
Socioeconomic Modeling Manager: Jesse Ayers Information Services
Information Processing Specialist: Merry Holmgren Information Services
The Information Services Division of MAG manages the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), socioeconomic data collection and maintenance, socioeconomic modeling, telecommunications and MAG Information Center (MAGIC) programs. Information Services is responsible for supporting regional decision-making through leading-edge technology, information gathering and analysis. Information Services gathers and provides base information required for many projects in other divisions, for member agencies and for the general public.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a synthesis of a database and a mapping system that allows for the storage, update, analysis and a display of the data in mapping and tabular format. Local base data and Census information are major components of the data collection and GIS efforts. The GIS team at MAG collects, updates, maintains and analyzes geographic information and prepares maps using this information. The team also provides GIS services and support to personnel of MAG, MAG member agencies, the general public and MAGIC clients.
Socioeconomic Modeling Socioeconomic modeling involves using the data, surveys and assumptions collected by MAG to prepare estimates and projections of population, housing and employment. MAG staff prepares population estimates by municipality; while it develops socioeconomic projections at three levels of geography: Municipal Planning Area (MPA), Regional Analysis Zone (RAZ), and Traffic Analysis Zone (TAZ). The projections generated by MAG provide input to the MAG transportation and air quality models that produce traffic and emissions projections. Both the base data and projections are also used for a wide variety of other regional planning programs.
MAGIC The Maricopa Association of Governments Information Center (MAGIC) was formed to encourage the efficient utilization of existing data and information, making the specialized information and services more available to member agencies, private sector businesses, individuals and other public sector agencies for requests outside the scope of the MAG annual budget and work program. MAGIC provides a vehicle for conveying the data developed in the socioeconomic data and modeling program, and can provide consulting services to both member agencies and the public.