Noteworthy News
MAAG works closely with member governments and nonprofit organizations to identify, craft and advocate for legislation and public policy that serves to improve the overall quality of life for all residents.
Day Trippin' Website 

Check  out the Day Trippin' webiste at westtndaytrippin.comStart planning your next day trip. To be featured on the website (events, attractions, etc), please contact  Jasmine Champion
Emergency Repair Program

MAAG, in conjunction with the Delta Human Resource Agency and the Shelby County Housing Department, are currently helping low income elderly homeowners through the Emergency Repair Program. This program, which is funded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, provides grants to low income, elderly homeowners who are 60 years or older to correct, repair, or replace an essential system and/or a critical structural problem. The purpose of the program is to provide essential repairs to make the home livable.  To apply or for more information contact Paul Morris
West Tennessee Heritage and "Roots" Bus Tour 

MAAG's annual and awarding winning West Tennessee Heritage and "Roots" Tour is set to journey and explore West Tennessee's African-American history this February. 

Come Day Trippin' with us in celebration of our rich historical and literary heritage in West Tennessee during Black History Month. Starting on the banks of the mighty MississippiRiver, the Heritage and "Roots" Bus Tour will highlight African American historical sites through West Tennessee, including:  Slave Haven Underground Railroad National Civil Rights Museum Beale Avenue (Beale Street) Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center Ripley Historic District Historic Covington Square , and Canaan Baptist Church. 

The West Tennessee Heritage and "Roots" Tour will depart from the Tennessee State Welcome Center at 119 N. Riverside Drive in Memphis every Tuesday in February at 8:30AM and return at 4:00PM. Cost (excluding meal) is $40.00.

For more information, contact Heritage Tours at 901-527-3427 or email: heritagetours@bellsouth.ne t.
West Tennessee Rural Planning Announcements 

A public meeting of the West Tennessee Rural Planning Organization - Executive Board (WTRPO-EB) and Technical Committee (WTRPO-TC) - will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the University of Memphis-Millington Center, 6500 Navy Road, Millington, TN.  The Joint Meeting will take place at 10 A.M.
 
The West Tennessee Rural Planning Organization (WTRPO) is responsible for comprehensive, regional, multi-modal transportation planning in Fayette, Lauderdale, and Tipton Counties.  The WTRPO is partially funded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the goals of the RPO Plans for FY 2017 - 2018.  There will also be a presentation on The Improve Act: Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy given by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner, John Shroer. For further information, or if you would like a complete agenda, please contact Mike Landrum, WTRPO Coordinator at (901) 729-2871, fax (901) 729 4107, or e-mail mlandrum@maagov.org .
 
To ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), persons with disabilities that require aides or services to participate in the above referenced meeting may contact the WTRPO Coordinator to make accessibility arrangements no less than five days prior to the Thursday, February 9, 2017 meeting.  The WTRPO and TDOT do not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000 d).
Grant  Announcements

Fayette County Awarded TNECD Tourism Enhancement Grant 

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced 29 additional communities to receive the TNECD Tourism Enhancement Grant. This grant is to assist communities with tourism infrastructure assets. 
Fayette County will receive $10,000 to develop a Tourism Asset Plan. Fayette County is one of 29 communities to receive funding from the Tourism Enhancement Grant. 
Historic Preservation Announcements 

We encourage you to identify potential sites in your communities towards nomination to the National Register by contacting the Historic Preservation Planner. 
Upcoming Events 

Febuary 7th,14th,21st,28th - West Tennessee Heritage and "Roots" Bus Tour - Memphis, TN 
Febuary 11th  - Chocolate Tour- Covington, TN
February 11th - Staxtacular - Memphis, TN


For more of upcoming events, check out the West Tennessee Day Trippin' Facebook Page
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Executive Board Meeting

February 16, 2017
May 18, 2017

All Executive Board meetings are held in the MAAG conference room.
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