Project Development & Management
Consero Solutions provides project development and management services to help develop and complete projects efficiently, including team coordination, timeline and milestone development, issue resolution, and budget, contract, and other financial management. Consero will ensure the team meets key deadlines and help resolve issues that may slow progress.
Example: Yolo Bypass Westside Tributaries Flow Monitoring Project
Consero Solutions assists Yolo County with management of the Yolo Bypass Westside Tributaries Flow Monitoring project, funded by a $331,148 California Department of Fish and Wildlife grant. The three-year project will result in the collection and analysis of flow data on four westside tributaries to the Yolo Bypass: Putah Creek, Cache Creek, Knights Landing Ridge Cut Canal, and Willow Slough Bypass. This data and the modeling it supports will be used to inform management decisions in the Yolo Bypass. Consero is responsible for ensuring contractors complete monitoring, drafting grant reimbursements, tracking expenditures, and submitting grant reports.
Organization Evaluation & Improvement
Consero Solutions helps local agencies and non-profit organizations evaluate operations and identify opportunities to improve governance and management, including review of bylaws, internal controls, budget processes, and other important elements of day-to-day operations. Consero uses a team of experts, including attorneys and human resource consultants, to help districts and non-profit organizations develop and implement solutions.
Example: Visit Yolo Organizational Evaluation
Consero Solutions helped Visit Yolo evaluate existing operations and identify opportunities to improve governance and management as part of its transition to a Tourism Business Improvement District. In addition to completing a memo outlining opportunities to improve operations, Consero assisted an attorney with the development of new bylaws, worked with staff to complete a new financial policies and procedures manual, helped implement internal controls, and developed a new governance structure for the Board of Directors. Consero also provided Executive Director support services, assisted with the development of annual budgets and financial reports, and drafted Board meeting materials as needed.
Funding Research & Grant Writing
Consero Solutions provides funding research and grant writing services focused on helping local agencies and non-profit organizations match projects with available state, federal, and foundation funding opportunities. Consero develops multi-year funding plans to allow clients to prepare early for opportunities, as well. This work includes development of two-year funding plans that match projects with grant, loan, or rebate opportunities and provide a clear schedule for application completion. This advance preparation allows your organization to plan ahead, including the appropriation of matching funds through the annual budget process or the allocation of resources to develop successful partnerships and projects prior to application deadlines. Consero can also help your organization write grants to implement or further public policy priorities, as well as manage the implementation of grants once received by your organization.
Example: City of Davis Comprehensive Funding Plan
Consero Solutions completed three Comprehensive Funding Plans for the City of Davis, first in 2016, again in 2018, and most recently in 2020, which have resulted in over $16.5 million in secured funding and numerous pending grant applications. Consero helped the City develop project priorities, matched the priorities to grant opportunities, and worked with Department heads and the City Manager to finalize the Plan. The Plan includes projects proposed by the City Manager's Office and the Community Development, Open Space, Parks & Community Services, Fire, and Public Works departments. Consero is now in the process of working with City staff to implement the Plan to reflect new City priority projects and new funding opportunities.
Consero Solutions will help develop policy options for consideration by decisionmakers, including conducting supporting research, drafting policy memos and comment letters, and assisting with advocacy as needed to further an organization’s mission and goals. Consero works closely with clients to develop a detailed research plan for development of policy options to address the issue, including consulting with key stakeholders and policy experts.
Example: Solano County Affordable Housing
Consero Solutions assisted Solano County with identifying options to further the County's efforts to construct affordable housing for at-risk populations, including veterans, aging out foster youth, low-income working families, and people who are unhoused and suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, or physical disabilities. As part of this effort, Consero identified and evaluated funding opportunities, analyzed the 2019-20 state budget and housing trailer bills, interviewed County staff to assess the current status of affordable housing efforts, researched best practices and consulted experts, and interviewed other counties. Consero shared the findings and options in a series of policy memorandums and a presentation to the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
Consero Solutions will develop and implement public outreach strategies to help raise awareness of and increase stakeholder involvement in your project or program. This work is tailored to your organization's needs and may include assistance with branding, public meeting facilitation, online content development, website design, networking strategies, and social media marketing.
Example: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Habitat and Drainage Improvement Project
In addition to helping to secure $3.7 million in grant funding, Consero Solutions created and implemented a stakeholder outreach strategy to promote the multi-agency partnership that resulted in the construction of the Yolo Wildlife Area Habitat and Drainage Improvement Project in 2020. Consero developed the communications plan and public outreach materials, including a social media campaign.
State and Federal Advocacy
Consero Solutions will advise your organization on strategies to secure outside funding or achieve changes in state or federal laws, policies, regulations, or program guidelines. These strategies could include legislative proposals, funding research, public outreach, or advocacy at the state, regional, or federal level. We believe local communities and organizations are their own best advocates and strive to provide support for existing efforts.
Example: City of Davis Legislative Platform
Consero Solutions assisted the City of Davis with developing and implementing a state legislative platform and advocacy policy in 2019 and 2020. Over the course of eight months, Consero worked closely with City staff and the Legislative Subcommittee to solicit and review draft legislative proposals from department heads, prioritize the proposals, develop them into a legislative platform, and help the City implement its platform by preparing fact sheets, convening meetings with legislators and legislative staffers to discuss proposals and pending legislation, and engaging in community outreach to enlist supporters. The platform resulted in the ability to increase fees for a downtown parking structure, changes to grant guidelines to improve eligibility, and an increase in the cap on regional planning grants.