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Lauderdale County

Founded in 1835, Lauderdale County currently has a population of 27,815. The 508 square mile county is bounded by the Mississippi River on the west and Crockett, Dyer, Haywood and Tipton counties in Tennessee. Maurice Gaines Jr. is the current county mayor.

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Tipton County

Founded in 1823, Tipton County currently has a population of 61,586. The 473 square mile county is bounded by the Mississippi River on the west and Fayette, Haywood, Lauderdale and Shelby counties in Tennessee. Jeff Huffman is the current county executive.

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Crittenden County

Founded in 1825, Crittenden County currently has a population of 49,746. The 637 square mile county is bounded by the Mississippi River on the east and Mississippi, Lee, St. Francis, Cross and Poinsett counties in Arkansas.

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Shelby County

Founded in 1819, Shelby County currently has a population of 927,644. The 758 square mile county is the largest county in the state and is bounded by the Mississippi River on the west and Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee. Mark Luttrell is the current county mayor.

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Fayette County

Founded in 1824, Fayette County currently has a population of 38,413. The 706 square mile county is the third-largest county in Tennessee by area. Rhea “Skip” Taylor is the current county mayor.

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Desoto County

Founded in 1836, DeSoto County is the 3rd most populous county in Mississippi with a population of 168,240. The 497 square mile county is bounded by the Mississippi River on the east, Shelby County in Tennessee and Tunica, Tate and Marshall Counties in Mississippi.

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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.

We are the regional resource for federal programs supporting economic development initiatives. We are your regional advocate for economic and infrastructure concerns and a hub for regional, senior-level government leaders to dialogue and create synergistic relations.

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  • Richard Griffin, Executive Director Alex Haley House Museum & Interpretive Center

    What members say

    Our partnership with MAAG has allowed our museum to grow. The Day Trippin’ program and Black History Month bus tour helped increase our visitation...the museum saw a 70% increase and 20% increase.”

  • Bob Fortenberry, Executive V.P. Chief Technology Officer, Cooks Systems International (Java Boot Camp)

    What members say

    “The Memphis Area Association of Governments has been instrumental in coordinating government support and supplementary funding for our Java Boot Camp program.”

  • Mayor Eugene Pugh, Town of Halls

    What members say

    “A waterline extension was needed… MAAG helped us secure a $105,300 grant and facilitate the project administration. As a result, the south part of town has benefitted”

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  • USDA Rural Development: Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

    What does this program do? The Agency will make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations, (such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations) to...

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  • National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Grant

    The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations,...

    Contact: Jasmine Champion 901.729.2871

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