Regional Collaboration Works!

Twelve case studies reveal how city-regions with demographics comparable to those of the Capital Region are carrying out the tasks of inter-municipal cooperation and regional governance. Although each region is unique and, to a certain extent, shaped by its context, a number of commonalities emerge from examination.

This information was gleaned from a document titled: Regional Governance Models: An exploration of structures and critical practices, October 26, 2007.

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I'd like to reiterate what I stated in my April 17, 2013 blog post:

... (W)hat was clear in the report is that it wasn’t the model that mattered. It wasn’t the governance, the structure or the voting system that made a difference. The report states “… it is the underlying culture – the personal and corporate interrelationships, the motivations, the value systems – that requires attention.”



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commented 2013-05-01 18:23:09 -0600 · Flag
Thanks for your insightful comments Ian,
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland has just launched their Alberta Plus campaign that talks to the oppotunities for the world to invest in the existing 30 billion dollars of infrastructure of Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing power. I was pleased to participate in this ongoing partnership of Strathcona County, Sturgeon, Lamont County and Ft Saskatchewan as the Development Officer for Lamont County before taking on the role of Councillor for Ward 2. This is a great example of the need to support the economic opportunity and synergies of this region. Edmonton recently joined the partnership in 2010. It’s not about slicing the pie – it’s about working together to grow the pie.
commented 2013-04-30 09:23:05 -0600 · Flag
To me, the real task is to get beyond parochialism and political opportunism. We should not be competing against each other within the region; we need to be competitive with the other similar sized markets around North America.

If we fight amongst ourselves about how we divide the regional pie, we’re not working on making the whole pie bigger to the benefit of all of us. A market of 1.2 million is much more compelling than several markets that range from a few hundred citizens to 800,000, with Strathcona County toward the upper end of that number. While my comments seem to be about economic development on the surface, the necessary activity requires that we think about how we support that economic opportunity as a region.

Regional cooperation does not mean subverting our authority or autonomy to others, it means seeing beyond short-sighted and short-term political ‘wins’ and identifying how to create a rising tide that raises all our boats for the long-term.
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