This project provided foundational research that was used for a report intended to stimulate the policy debate over the role of education in western Canadian municipalities. An intern worked with the Canada West Foundation to uncover the relationship between school boards and municipalities in the major cities of Western Canada. Because school boards and municipalities often share the same revenue base, a number of different models for cooperation and community development programs have developed, including joint-use facilities sharing models and different means of levying taxes to pay for education, in order to capitalize on infrastructure and resources at a local level, while avoiding tensions between government agencies.