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, 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.
The recipient of the 2012 Swanson Award is the late Timothy M. Ahrens. He was recognized for his spirit of cooperation, financial acumen and efforts in regional transportation, including his role as RTA Manager during the development of the Regional Transportation Authority plan, approved by voters in May 2006. The award was presented on posthumously on Jan. 23, 2014, during PAG's Regional Council meeting.