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Economic Vitality

Pima Association of Governments, the region's metropolitan planning organization, conducts strategic transportation planning to enable global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency in our region. Supporting the region's economic vitality through transportation planning is among PAG's federal planning requirements.

Through its Economic Vitality Advisory Committee, or EVAC, PAG actively identifies how trade, workforce development land use or tourism activities influence the local economy and considers transportation projects or policies that will help build the region's economic portfolio.

Efforts to Support Economic Vitality



ADOT improvements to State Route 189


As part of Arizona's key north-south trade corridor, improvements to State Route 189 in Nogales, Ariz., have strong support from the PAG region and well beyond. The Arizona Department of Transportation, or ADOT, is submitting a competitive grant application (USDOT TIGER program) to help advance funding for this nationally significant transportation project. 

SR 189 is adjacent to Arizona’s highest volume international land port of entry, serving as a critical gateway with our state's top international trading partner, Mexico. At the terminus of SR 189, the Mariposa Land Port of Entry at the United States-Mexico border connects to Mexico Highway 15 which follows the West Coast all the way to Mexico City. On the U.S. side, SR 189 connects to Interstate 19, which is not only a segment of the CANAMEX Corridor, it is also a segment of future Interstate 11. Both are High Priority Corridors of the National Highway System.

If constructed, ADOT’s SR 189 project would improve commercial vehicle throughput at the 1-19/SR 189 interchange while also addressing mobility, access and safety issues along the remainder of the approximately 4-mile SR 189 corridor.

Supporting Documents

Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Memorandum of Understanding

Smart Communities

The following paper was drafted by a Smart Communities Task Force of PAG's Economic Vitality Advisory Committee. The document has been presented to the PAG Regional Council.

The Regional Council has authorized that a Regional Assessment of Advanced Communication Infrastructure Needs and Opportunities be conducted.

The Regional Partnering Center, a 501(c)3 managed by PAG, will lead a Smart Region initiative to develop public and private sector support and funding for collaborative efforts to build the region's economic competitiveness and quality of life for residents.

EVAC Members


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