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Building A Partnership

Written by  KEN SCHROEDER, CBCP October 22, 2010

PPBI, as well as other organizations, spend a great deal of time lauding the benefits of private-public partnerships. There’s plenty to say on the matter, but let’s take a look at it from a different perspective – mine. A partnership implies both parties have something to gain. Believe me, that is the truth, and that’s really what we are seeking. I have found that a partnership really improves my own planning process. I can’t tell you how often I’ve changed things in our planning documents after I’ve found out who else can help us or which organization have different expectations of us. After Katrina, I added a whole section in our plan of what specifically we could do in terms of community relief and built a checklist to implement those contributions. Everyone asks, “How do I get started?” This is the $64 question. The answers (note the plural) aren’t really answers at


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