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
First-Time Homebuyers Program

This program focuses on the first-time home buyer understanding of home ownership responsibilities and financial obligation.  Prospective home-buyers attend a one-day seminar taught by a certified instructor.  Upon completing the course, the home-buyer presents his/her certificate of completion to a mortgage company demonstrating his/her elevated understanding of homeownership. The certificate of completion also allows the prospective home-buyer to receive down payment assistance and a low interest THDA loan through the mortgage company.

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
Grant  Announcements

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is now accepting applications for recycling and waste reduction grants totaling $4,500,000.
Grant funding can be used toward purchasing recycling equipment, recycling rebates, the management of used oil/automotive fluids, convenience centers, education and outreach, and recycling measurement. All grants will support local governments' efforts toward achieving their waste reduction and recycling goals. The application process is open until Oct. 2, 2017.

For more information about TDEC's Solid Waste Management grant offerings and to apply, visit  http://www.tn.gov/environment/topic/grants-materials-management-grants or contact Loretta Harrington at (615) 532-0086 or  solid.waste@tn.gov.



Greening of Arkansas Grant Program 

The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show is dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans by providing funding for community beautification projects through the Greening of Arkansas grant program.
  • The Greening of Arkansas grant program fund communities to beautify public areas such as parks, community entrances, and schools.
  • Grants are awarded to non-profit and civic groups for beautification projects on public land.
  • Grant amounts are up to $2500, and 50% of the funds must be used for plant material (trees, shrubs, and flowers.)
  • The deadline to apply is October 3, 2017
Click here for more!

Transportation 

Tennessee Department of Transportation State Aid & Bridge Program

The State Aid Program provides funds to county governments for the improvement or rehabilitation of roads on the State Aid System. Types of qualifying work include the planning, engineering, right-of-way acquisition, grading, drainage, bridge construction, and pavement upgrades or rehabilitation. State Aid System is calculated on a county by county basis. The State Aid System may comprise no more than 20% of the total road miles located within a specific county.
Click here for program overview.

We encourage you to visit the MAAG website for rural transportation resources and Tennessee Department of Transportation updates. For Rural Transportation assistance please contact MAAG's RPO Coordinator Jasmine Champion
Historic Preservation Announcements 

National Register of Historic Places Program, Listing Update
  Clayborn Temple,
294 Hernando St.,
Memphis, SG100001370,
LISTED, 7/24/2017

Wildwood Farms,
2737 S. Germantown Rd.,
Germantown, SG100001371,
LISTED, 7/24/2017



We encourage you to identify potential sites in your communities towards nomination to the National Register by contacting the Historic Preservation Planner.
Upcoming Events 
August 12  - 2017 Train Heritage Day - Collierville, TN 
August 31 - 14th Annual Lauderdale County Fair - Halls, TN
August 12 - UTR Rocks - Covington, TN
August 11 - Rock the Block 2017 - Atoka, TN 

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

September 21st, 2017
November 16th, 2017
February 15th, 2018
May 17th, 2018

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