For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Vannozzi, TSC2 Group
LAS VEGAS (July 20, 2016) — Pima Association of Governments (PAG), a regional metropolitan planning organization and council of governments that represents the Tucson region in southern Arizona, has joined the Western Regional Alliance (WRA).
“I am very pleased to have Pima Association of Governments join the Western Regional Alliance,” said WRA Executive Director Tom Skancke. “PAG represents a region that serves as a key connection point for trade throughout the western megaregion. Working with PAG and other members of the WRA, we can make real progress toward a shared vision for commerce, transportation infrastructure and economic development in the western United States.”
As the federally designated MPO for Tucson and the greater Pima County, Arizona, region, PAG oversees long-range transportation planning and implements strategies that support economic vitality and global competitiveness of the metropolitan area. In addition to its transportation and economic development roles, PAG serves as the region’s water quality management, lead air quality and solid waste planning agency.
“Our WRA partners understand that the greater Tucson metro area is an important node for trade and commerce for tens of millions of people,” said PAG Executive Director Farhad Moghimi. “The Tucson region has unique challenges and needs, from surface transportation that facilitates international trade to air quality, water, public land management and other environmental issues. Working with other metro areas like Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno and Salt Lake City, we can find common ground and can amplify our voices on the policy issues of the day. It’s really a good investment for us.”
Other western transportation and planning agencies in the WRA include the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTCSNV), the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTCWC) and the Utah Transit Agency (UTA). Collectively, these organizations serve more than 10 million people across the western United States.
“Over the past decade, western metro areas have asserted their relevance in the global economy like never before, since they have captured a disproportionately large share of the country’s population and economic growth,” Skancke said. “Despite this growth, western population centers are isolated and operate as ‘islands of economic activity.’”
As a policy development organization, the WRA serves these organizations in an education, research and advocacy role on a variety of issues before the federal government, from surface transportation funding and interstate goods movement to environmental regulation and economic development.
“Over the next few months, you’ll see more momentum coming from the Western Regional Alliance,” said Skancke. “Stay tuned. There’s more to come.”
About the Western Regional Alliance
The Western Regional Alliance connects the western United States to the 21st century global network through a shared vision for commerce, transportation infrastructure, and economic development. Founded by the metropolitan planning and transit organizations in five western cities, the Western Regional Alliance fosters cooperation and advocacy on shared policy priorities between western metropolitan economies.
About Pima Association of Governments
Pima Association of Governments is an association of local, state and tribal governments with a mission to build consensus among its members and the public on regional planning for transportation, energy, watershed and air quality. Please visit www.PAGregion.com or www.facebook.com/PAGregion for more information.