It is important to learn and understand the definitions of what we are trying to accomplish. When researching on Merriam-Webster Dictionary, self-governance redirects the searcher to “self government.”


noun self-gov·er·nance \ ˌself-ˈgə-vər-nən(t)s \


noun self-gov·ern·ment \ ˌself-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt , -ˈgə-vᵊm-ənt \

Definition of selfgovernment. 1 : self-control, self-command. 2 : government under the control and direction of the inhabitants of a political unit rather than by an outside authority; broadly : control of one’s own affairs.


noun au·ton·o·my \ ȯ-ˈtä-nə-mē \

plural autonomies

1 : the quality or state of being self-governing; especially : the right of self-government

  • The territory was granted autonomy.

2 : self-directing freedom and especially moral independence

  • personal autonomy
3 : a self-governing state



Read our fall 2018 newsletter about where we are and what we have learned to date:


A PWS borough? City chips in for economic analysis

PWS Borough Advisory Committee assembled


Prince William Sound Borough Formation – Information Insights Power Point

Local Boundary Commission – Whittier Prince William Sound Borough Presentation


  • Girdwood Governance Association commissioned a report on the process of detachment and incorporating as our own city, this report is a summary of the larger report. Read the Summary here: Community Conversation Overview
  • Girdwood Governance Association participated in a three party economic feasibility study for a potential Prince William Sound Borough. A presentation of the study was given by Information Insights, the economic firm who completed the report, on December 13th in Whittier. Details of the report were highlighted, as well as a demonstration of the revenue and cost calculator.It is important to note, that no formal action (petition, application) has been taken by Cordova, Whittier or Girdwood Governance Association in regards to a Prince William Sound Borough. Here is the economic feasibility study completed by a third party.

    Prince William Sound Borough Economic Feasibility Report

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