Caag An Important Partner To Payson

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The Payson Town Council has an important partner in the Central Arizona Association of Governments.

The executive director of the CAAG, Maxine Leather, made a presentation at the Aug. 15 council meeting.

The council of governments was formed in 1970, grouped into regions, the CAAG serves Gila and Pinal Counties.

It covers more than 10,000 square miles and serves 14 incorporated communities. The Gila County communities, in addition to Payson, are Globe, Hayden, Miami and Winkelman. The Pinal County communities are Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Kearny, Mammoth, Queen Creek and Superior.

The CAAG presently administers and plans programs that exceed $5 million per year.

The following programs and services are undertaken with a regional approach for the primary benefits of the CAAG's local governments:

Grant writing;

Population statistics and demographic information;

Social Services Block Grant planning;

Transportation planning;

Community Development Block Grant planning and administration;

Community contracts;

HOME program funds;

Economic development planning;

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program;

Job training and workforce development;

DES JOBS workshops and Welfare-to-Work;

Environmental wastewater and water quality planning; and

Statistical research.

The mission statement of the CAAG is, "Develop working partnerships to promote and protect the unique quality of life within the region by providing a forum for regional issues, service provision and effective planning."

To learn more about CAAG and its programs, call Maxine Leather, (800) 782-1445 or e-mail at caag@gcaagcentral.org.

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