Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC)

The Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC) has a shared vision to jointly coordinate planning efforts for the greater good of the regions and the State of Arizona.  It is the intent of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the Pima Association of Governments (PAG), the Central Arizona Governments (CAG) and the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (SCMPO) to coordinate their respective planning activities and cooperatively work together to foster a successful and economically viable Sun Corridor in the state of Arizona.

Sun Corridor Map

A map of the Sun Corridor region in Arizona. Click to view a larger image.

On December 17, 2009, MAG, PAG, and CAG signed a resolution stating their desire to jointly coordinate planning efforts in the Sun Corridor. At the JPAC meeting in December 2013, the newly formed SCMPO was welcomed into the JPAC. These agencies are located adjacent to one another with linked economies and acknowledge that regional planning issues transcend jurisdictional boundaries. These Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) also recognize that they collectively comprise 81.3 percent of the population of the State of Arizona based upon the July 1, 2013 official population estimate developed by the Arizona Department of Administration and 84.7 percent of the FY 2013 sales tax collections.

In the past, MAG, CAG, and Pinal County have participated in many joint planning studies, such as the Southeast Maricopa/Northern Pinal County Study, the Commuter Rail Strategic Plan, and the Hidden Valley Transportation Framework Study, for the betterment of the overall region.  To further demonstrate regionalism, MAG and CAG share five member agencies in common (Apache Junction, Gila River Indian Community, Queen Creek, Florence and City of Maricopa), and PAG and CAG share one member agency in common (Marana).

The existing Maricopa air quality nonattainment area boundaries for PM-10 particulate matter and the eight-hour ozone standard extend into Pinal County and the Governor recommended to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the eight-hour ozone nonattainment area boundary be extended further into Pinal County. More recently, the Metropolitan Planning Area has been extended again to include Florence, City of Maricopa, all of the Gila River Indian Community and portions of northern Pinal County. Therefore, it is more important than ever for these regions to work together.

The JPAC was established to identify mutually agreed upon goals and interests, provide guidance on possible technical assistance and joint planning activities, and enhance the communication and cooperation among the policymakers in these regions.

The Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program
Businesses want to increase profit and build their customer base. Nationally, one percent of businesses export goods or services. Businesses that do export are more recession proof and successful. In honor of May as World Trade Month, elected officials and economic development leaders in the Sun Corridor (defined as Pima, Pinal and Maricopa Counties) will honor businesses for their achievements in exporting at an event on May 19, 2017. Exporters are invited to apply to the inaugural Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program beginning February 14, 2017.

All applications must be completed and the application and attachments must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. (MST), March 24, 2017, using the application shown below. Download the PDF application form, fill it out using Adobe Reader or compatible software, save it, and then email the completed PDF form and any attachments to Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Responses beyond the posted word limit will not be considered.

Save the Date: May 19, 2017

Joint Planning Advisory Council presents:

May 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Note the change in location:
Wild Horse Pass
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226

Lunch will be provided at noon.

How can we join forces to grow the economy in the Sun Corridor?

Please take a moment to reserve your calendar for May 19, 2017, for the next meeting of the Joint Planning Advisory Council. The meeting will include experts in international trade and recognize some of Arizona's best success stories in the area of exporting. These businesses will be recognized through a new Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program.

Please help us celebrate and support these successful businesses and learn how to grow our role in the global economy.

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January 8, 2016 JPAC Meeting Presentations

February 24, 2015 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

December 11, 2013 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

October 30, 2012 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

February 27, 2012 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

Nogales Port of Entry Trip, December 12, 2011:

July 19, 2011 JPAC Meeting Agenda and Presentations

August 26, 2010 – League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference – Arizona COG Directors Association Leadership Meeting.

June 28, 2010 JPAC Meeting Presentations.

April 20, 2010 JPAC Meeting Presentations.

March 9, 2010 JPAC Staff Meeting Presentations.