Too often, county and the city governments have viewed each other as adversaries rather than allies. Successful communities know that today's world requires cooperation for mutual benefit; they know that the real competition today is between regions. Regional cooperation does not mean giving up your community's autonomy. It simply recognizes that challenges like building modern infrastructure, water pollution, traffic congestion and loss of open space and agricultural land do not respect jurisdictional boundaries: regional problems require regional solutions. Fortunately, we have an excellent example of county/city collaboration in planning right here in Montana. Join us August 4 to hear how Yellowstone County and Billings plan for the future together-- successfully.