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In the fall of 1995, the first issue of MAGAZine, a new MAG newsletter, carried the headline "Planning Helps Improve Air Quality in Valley"

MAG Outreach Evolves
After 25 Years, MAGAZine Moves Entirely to Online Format

MAGAZine cover, Fall 1995.In the fall of 1995, the first issue of MAGAZine, a new MAG newsletter, carried the headline Planning Helps Improve Air Quality in Valley, detailing the launch of a 45-member Air Quality Technical Advisory committee dedicated to finding out how best to clean up the air in the region. 

Over the next 25 years, topics of the quarterly newsletter expanded, ranging from transportation challenges and successes to achievements in reducing air pollution to regional collaboration to end homelessness and domestic violence.

Seventy-three Regional Council members have been featured in the Regional Council Profile, and dozens of chairs have carried important messages through the Message From the Chair. In 1997, the tabloid format changed to a standard letter size format, and other design changes have periodically occurred. For the past two years, MAGAZine stories also have been featured on MAG’s online news blog.

But just as MAG as an agency has evolved, so has its public outreach, with a strong emphasis on digital platforms and virtual experiences that are faster, more nimble, and more cost-efficient. In 2021, MAG will migrate all news articles to be solely online, eliminating the print version. An archive of the print versions is available here.

“Twenty-five years was a great run, but the majority of readers prefer a digital format,” said MAG Communication Director Kelly Taft. “We are excited to fully concentrate our focus on providing more timely, regularly updated online content that communicates the important information MAG has to share,” she said.

In addition to the website, MAG’s social media platforms provide daily, real-time information about MAG events and activities and virtual interaction with the community. MAG also is committed to providing virtual public meeting options and other input opportunities. Recent virtual open houses were held to hear residents’ input on the Laveen South Mountain Transportation Study, the Regional Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study, and the SR 30 Durango Link Scoping Study. Public input also is being encouraged in the development of the next long-range Regional Transportation Plan. Visit ourmomentumplan.com to join the conversation.

MAG is dedicated to engaging the community to plan projects that provide benefits to the region and meet the wide-ranging needs of residents. Please continue to stay informed about MAG activities by visiting azmag.gov/newsroom. We welcome comments on any MAG program at azmag.gov/comment. Happy clicking! 

Published October 29, 2020

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The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

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