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Determine the Best Option for Public Works Projects: In House or Contract Out?

Understand how public works services should be determined and delivered to gain the greatest financial and operational benefits for your community.

One of the key questions all Public Works leaders have is how to best meet both the public and elected official desires and workload in Public Works. Agencies are frequently tasked with providing many services for various assets such as road, storm drain/flood, facilities, fleet, utilities, parks and engineering. Often, the ideas of using alternative ways to service the public are unknown, confusing and wrought with major concerns from elected officials, the public and employees and their unions. This topic helps answer that key question and explains a logical approach of considering multiple alternatives to match to your available resources with work needs. The specific methodology of how one can go through this effort and consider various factors including cost, service, resources, availability and response will be simply outlined. Examples of what other agencies have done and lessons learned will be provided as well as sources one can use for determining the best resource approach to maintain and operate their assets.

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Background

  • The Tradeoff of Available Public Works Resources vs. the Needs
  • Outlining the Issues to Consider for Determining Service Providers
  • What Options do the Public Works Agencies Have Available?
  • What Are Other Agencies and the Industries Experiencing?

Factors to Consider

  • Outlining the Issues to Consider
  • What Options and Agencies Have Available?
  • What Have Been Other Agencies' and Industries' Experience?

Process to Determine Selection of Optimal Service Provider

  • Data Required
  • Quantifiable and Qualifiable Factors
  • Steps in the Approach to Determine Best Service Provider
  • Explaining to Others the Method Used
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This course was last revised on September 20, 2017.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Harry C. Lorick, PE., PWLF

Harry C. Lorick, PE., PWLF

LA Consulting, Inc.

  • Principal and founder of LA Consulting, Inc., in Manhattan Beach, CA and Debary, FL
  • 42 years’ experience in management, engineering, computer applications and training
  • Registered civil engineer and traffic engineer with background from both the private and public sectors and a APWA Public Works Leadership Fellow
  • Worked for Public Works at the State, County and City levels as well as been in executive for several international engineering and management firms
  • Evaluated and implemented business improvement for 125+ US and Foreign governments
  • Author of 43 articles on systems and process improvement and is often a speaker (100+) at local, state and national APWA
  • Lectured at five universities in engineering, operations and systems management
  • Trainer for APWA’ s Public Works Institute, a researcher for the University of Florida
  • Lead author of the Information Systems Chapter for 2008 APWA’s Public Works Administration book and is author for maintenance and asset systems in 2016 for APWA’s Supervision and Management book and APWA Public Works Administration 2017 for asset management section
  • Selected 2012 So. California APWA Chapter as the American Public Works Leader of the year
  • Is on SoCal APWA Chapter’s Board and National APWA Leadership and Management Committee. Is a member of ASCE (Life), AWWA, FES, ITE (Life), ACEC, MSA, NAFA and NACE
  • 3 Masters Degrees - civil engineering - University of Florida, M.B.A. degree - University of South Carolina and MPA from Northwestern
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Product ID: 400873
Published 2017
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