Monday, March 12, 2007

Consulting Firms Helping Local Government Agencies

While I was scanning the news the last three or four days, I noticed a couple government agencies looking to consultants or consulting firms to help solve some problems they are facing.

First, the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) has arranged with an outside consulting firm to come in an survey the public on what they think of the agency. Second, Ada County Commissioners have decided to seek a consultant to study the pros and cons of rebuilding the Western Idaho Fairgrounds (Expo Idaho) or relocating.

One agency has a consultant while the other is getting ready to find one. My questions are did ACHD look for their consultant locally before they went outside the Treasure Valley and will the Ada County Commissioners look for their consultant locally?

Questions like these were the inspiration for Treasure Valley Consultants' Network. I often wondered why businesses and government agencies tend to look outside their own backyard first for talent to help them solve unique problems before they ask their colleagues or counterparts in other organizations if they recommend someone or at least a resource to identify local talent.

Perhaps the readers of this blog can help shed some light and answer this question. I've lived in the Treasure Valley for almost ten years. In that time I've seen a lot of changes and met a lot of people. One thing that stood out was I recognized the talent pool that is present. It's very dynamic with smart, creative people leading the way on some very innovative thinking. Why then are the local companies not tapping into this talent pool?

Looking forward to the discussion.

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