The Flagstaff Communities Collaboration Initiative is currently:

  • Conducting an infrastructure deficit/needs assessment as the core element of developing a picture of community sustainability.
  • Researching more region-based governance models and developing a made-in-Flagstaff region-based governance scenario to consider.

We will be playing close attention to four pillars that shape how successful more regional collaboration is:

1. Services
How do you establish the right services and appropriate service levels, and adjust for variation between amalgamating communities? Do you think of services as an investment attraction mechanism?

2. Representation
How do you ensure all citizens are fairly represented by elected officials when it comes to shared services or consideration of more region-based governance? How are the interests of each collaborating municipality accommodated?

3. Taxation
How do you balance expected and desired service delivery with appropriate taxation levels? How is taxation reasonably shared in new forms of collaboration?

4. Identity
How do you ensure your community keeps its identity as municipalities become more intertwined?

This work, majority-funded by the Government of Alberta through grants, will continue through the Fall of 2017.

This is an initiative of the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP), formed in 2003 to collaborate and interact with our neighbors to achieve long term sustainability as a regional community. Member municipalities are: Flagstaff County, Towns of Daysland, Hardisty, Killam and Sedgewick, and Villages of Alliance, Forestburg, Heisler, and Lougheed.

FIP has recorded successes:

  • All Hazards Mutual Aid
  • Regional Water Operators Consortium
  • Bylaw Officer Contract
  • Family and Community Services
  • Regional Solid Waste Management
  • Regional Fire Chief Agreement
  • Regional Water/Wastewater Feasibility Study