Here’s something to think about:
These are difficult funding times, as everyone is aware. If I’m an elected official, a Mayor, Councilperson or County Commissioner, I must ask the question:
- “Why should I support the Public Safety Facility project?”
You must be prepared with a strong response, to answer this question—and make no mistake—this question will be asked. If the Project is in competition with other projects across the city and this is usually the case. Ask yourself three questions:
- “What must I do to make my Project stand out?”
- “What need does it solve?”
- “How do I prove it?”
You must be prepared with a strong response, to answer this question—and make no mistake—this question will be asked. Here are several example of what I mean;
- Are you renting existing facilities to conduct training classes? This is a Hard Cost that could be saved by having your own facility.
- How much time are you spending driving to other centers?
- What are your overhead costs associated with having to drive to other facilities?
- Look at your vehicle driving / accident records. How many accidents have you had? Documented studies have shown at more drivers training leads to few accidents.
- Would your insurance premiums benefit from a strong, safe, driving consistent driving program?
- Think about Partner with other fire agencies, or, with other law enforcement agencies across the country. Partnerships are certainly a growing trend across the country.
I have spoken about the value of Partnerships in past video casts
When considering Cost Benefits… Keep one thing in mind:
Funding is competition!
Many other departments and project are competing for the same dollar.
You have to beat your competition. In order to do so, you must have a strong, well thought, well-document Strategic Plan. I’m Bill Booth, and this has been something to think about for a new facility design.
Providing a strong Cost Benefit Analysis is a critical element in the funding battle.
In the following 3 minute video I address this issue in some detail.
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