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.  

Who should take this course?
  • First-time homebuyers
  • Borrowers who need homebuyer education certificates to qualify for a loan
  • Individuals looking to become more educated about homeownership
  • Homebuyers working with local housing counselors
Click here to sign-up for the homebuyers education online class or here for the on-site class.

For more information contact Paul Morris
West Tennessee Rural Planning Organization 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, June 1, 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 conduct elections for the officers in question. This meeting will also include a workshop where each county will be responsible for identifying their counties' development profiles by producing transect maps with the help of the RPO coordinator. 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, June 1, 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

Organics Management Grant
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced the availability of grant funding for food waste diversion. The Division of Solid Waste Management will be accepting grant applications for organics management through June 30, 2017. Grant offerings will support the entire spectrum of organics management, including but not limited to: composting, food recovery, food donation, education on food waste and recovery, and diversion infrastructure. All of these methods of organics management support TDEC's 2015-2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan. 

Cultural Corridor Consortium Grants
Transportation for America is seeking to award $50,000 (each) to creative placemaking projects in three cities that engage residents, attract the attention of local public works and transportation agencies, and spark new conversations that bring more people to the table to plan and implement new transportation investments. T4America is especially committed to funding collaborative projects that expand transportation opportunities and local control for low-income people, recent immigrants, and people of color living in communities that have experienced disproportionate disinvestment and disconnection. Applications due June 2.
Click here for more information!

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
Have an idea for a trail, river, or park in your community? 
The National Park Service (NPS) can help! The NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. NPS's national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities.  Applications are due June 30. Potential applicants should contact their  nearest RTCA staff member as early as possible to discuss their interest, and no later than May 30.

Rural Task Force
Governor Haslam created the Rural Task Force to bring resources together from a wide range of organizations to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee.  The Task Force exists to build a stronger rural Tennessee by driving local, state and federal partnerships and stakeholders to continuously improve education, health, entrepreneurial opportunities, economic and workforce development and digital infrastructure. The Rural Task Force now has a webpage that features a grant portal of state grants. Click here to access state grants. 

Tourism  Announcements

"Tennessee I hear You Calling Me" Festival and Event Workshop

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) with Southeast Festival and Events Association present "Tennessee I Hear You Calling Me" Festival and Event Workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This free event offers a robust day of all things festivals and events.

 MAAG Rural Marketing Co-op Grant

MAAG Rural Marketing Co-Op grant funded three projects in the MAAG region for fiscal year 17. Alex Haley Museum in Lauderdale County made website enhancements, the Veteran's Museum in Lauderdale County posted a billboard on Highway 51 near its Halls, TN exit, and Fayette County Government updated its West Tennessee Day Trippin' video that highlighted more attractions within the county.  This co-op funding was provided by a partnership between MAAG and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development's Developmental Co-op. MAAG plans to continue this partnership and encourages more attractions to apply for the MAAG Rural Marketing Co-Op grant to promote rural tourism. 


Historic Preservation Announcements 

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions 
Certified Local Government Camp
When:May 17th-20th
Where:117 Boone Street Jonesborough, TN 
Registrations should be sent to Donna Freeman by phone at
(423) 753-1031 or via email to donnaf@jonesboroughtn.org



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

May - Memphis In May - Memphis, TN 
May 19th - 154th Battle of Hernando, Desoto County, MS
May 20th - Covington Car Show, Covington, TN

For more of upcoming events, check out the West Tennessee Day Trippin' website or 
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Executive Board Meeting
May 18, 2017

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