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Annual Awards

  1. Timothy M. Ahrens Partnering Award
  2. Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award

Timothy M. Ahrens Partnering Award


The Timothy M. Ahrens Partnering Award was established in 2014 to recognize the first manager of the Regional Transportation Authority and his spirit of cooperation.

The late Mr. Ahrens was the RTA manager for Pima Association of Governments during development of the $2.1 billion, 20-year RTA plan. Besides having strong financial acumen, Mr. Ahrens understood how to reach a common goal and was admired by many for his cooperative spirit, engaging sense of humor and positive attitude.

2018 Award Application

2018 Award Application - pending

Award Presentation

May 2018

Ahrens Partnering  Award Recipients
2017 AZ Dept. of Transportation
2016 City of Tucson
2015 Pima County
2014 Town of Sahuarita


Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award

Mike Varney, left,  receives the 2018 Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award from 2018 PAG Regional Council Chair Peter Yucupicio, 2017 RTA Board Chair Tom Murphy and 2018 RTA Board Chair Satish Hiremath.


The Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award was established by Pima Association of Governments' (PAG) Regional Council in June 2004 in dedication of the late Thomas L. Swanson, a former executive director of PAG. Mr. Swanson distinguished himself throughout his career by working in cooperation with all segments of our community to address regional issues such as transportation, population growth, air quality and water quality.

Recipient Criteria for the award include the following :

  • Must enhance the regional community despite often restrictive jurisdictional boundaries
  • Must promote cooperation among citizens and local elected officials
  • Must provide leadership on regional issues such as: transportation, air quality, water quality and economic vitality


2018 Thomas L. Swanson Nomination Form - 2018 application process closed.

Award Presentation

January 2018 - PAG announces 2018 recipient of the Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award

Swanson Leadership Award Recipients
2018 Michael V. Varney
2017 Rick Myers
2015 Hurvie Davis
2014 Katie Dusenberry
2012 The late Timothy M. Ahrens
2011 Sarah Smallhouse
2009 T VanHook
2008 Greg Gentsch
2007 The late William R. "Bill" Reilly
2006 Dick Roberts, Chet Davis
2005 Sheila Bowen
2004 Thomas McGovern

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