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Image: Kristof Van Assche & Monica Gruezmacher. Prince Rupert, BC

• Interdependencies are often reflected in the need for regional governance structures, a theme that is discussed in some detail later in this book. Awareness of interdependence between local communities can lead to cooperation, which then intensifies interdependence. This type of interdependence through regional cooperation is represented by the development of wind energy in southwestern Alberta. One of the first steps in this economic transition was a series of meeting of mayors within the southwest. These initial meetings precipitated a new level of collaboration called the Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance. This alliance between communities promoted tourism development and advocated with one voice to higher levels of government to establish a regional economic focus on wind energy development. In addition, ocal leaders took steps to initiate a more comprehensive community re-visioning plan. As a first step to developing the industry, local officials met with the provincial government to share their idea of a local wind power industry and to ask for support and guidance in initiating its development. Local leaders noted that the initial response was not positive from the provincial government regarding their plans but provincial support began to appear as the regional alliance continued their collective efforts in securing a new economic future for the region. •

We find a unique example in Kitimat, BC, which was created and entirely planned as an industry town in the mid 1900s. Because its purpose was so tightly linked to the aluminum smelter, it is no surprise the council and local government members were all part of the industry, creating a strong interdependence between government and the aluminum industry in governance. Financing of cultural and recreational activities was almost exclusively dependent on the industry’s support.

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