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opposed, in order to better promote local business and infrastructure. Taxes had to be raised amidst a financial crisis, when home values were declining, and local leadership had to lobby vigorously and take serious risks to achieve their vision. Results came fast enough and the local leadership was strongly established, so the risk proved manageable. More recently, the town of Smithers to the north of Revelstoke had also begun its own revitalization strategy based on the positive experience of its counterparts further south. In this case, we see how each community learned from and was inspired by their neighbour, but it is not to say that an internal learning process did not take place. The decision within Revelstoke to follow Nelson’s example, and then within Smithers to follow Revelstoke’s example, came after internal reflection, discussions, and adaptation took place, so that the specific approach taken suited each town’s unique contexts. Interestingly, an alpine theme, having failed in Revelstoke, was in fact successfully adopted in Smithers due to the community’s significant Swiss population, which arrived en masse in the late 1930s.

9. Summary The best spent energy for the stabilization of boom/bust communities in the long run is to work on the re-introduction of long-term perspectives in local governance, and on the conditions for such re-introduction. Long-term perspectives enable strategy and, on the flip side, solid strategy enables long-term perspectives. In the presence of long-term strategy and internal checks, the different paths of learning will become more productive: - Learning from the past is easier when there is an initial long-term perspective in place, as well as a desire to refine it and the initiative to derive a strategy from it. Path analysis and a long term perspective work together here. - Learning from other places is more likely and productive when context analysis has generated insight in the relation between different scales and places. In a long term perspective it becomes easier to select useful examples in other places. Context analysis, path analysis (including old relations with other places) work together with a long term perspective to improve this form of learning.

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Boom & Bust: A Guide, Managing Ups and Downs in Communities  

Boom and Bust: A Guide is the result of a collective effort at the University of Alberta to better understand the dramatic ups and downs whi...

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