Governor Lewis Lands Key Committee Appointment

August 5, 2022


Emma Hughes

Community Newsperson



Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis recently landed a key appointment as Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) Economic Development Committee (EDC). The EDC works to strengthen and diversify the state’s economy by bringing together local governments, business leaders, economic development organizations and educators.


Gov. Lewis replaced El Mirage Mayor Alexis Hermosillo and Ray Malnar, Glendale councilmember, was elected as EDC’s new vice-chair. 


MAG is a regional agency that plans and make policy decisions in the greater Phoenix area. It includes the Gila River Indian Community, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, 27 cities and towns, Maricopa County, portions of Pinal County and the Arizona Department of Transportation.


As a policy committee, the EDC develops opportunity-specific and action-oriented initiatives that foster and advance infrastructure that would further economic development opportunities. 


On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the EDC held its first meeting with Gov. Lewis as chair. The agenda included an introduction to United Aviate Academy in Goodyear and a look at the significant planning efforts for the 2023 Super Bowl in Glendale, which projects a $500 million economic impact.


Gov. Lewis said he is honored and proud to represent the Gila River Indian Community within the MAG-Economic Development Committee.