Save Money, Save Parks: P3 Strategies for Reducing Parks & Recreation Subsidies

Recorded On: 06/17/2021

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In today’s near post-COVID reality, government budgets are stretched further than ever. Though they bring numerous social, economic, and health -related benefits to our communities, they are often first to cut in budgets and last to recover. In this session, discover innovative P3 (public-private-partnership) solutions to reducing government subsidy to parks and recreation facilities, programs, and staff. Our panelists will discuss real-world examples and financial results for optimizing existing assets, outsourcing operations, and creative activation to drive cost recovery. They will cover:

  • Strategies to evaluating and optimizing facility performance
  • How outsourcing facility operations works
  • Financial Benchmarks for various facilities
  • Creative parks and recreation activation to drive revenue/cost recovery
  • Real-world P3 Examples in Parks and Recreation

ICMA Practice Areas: [7] Strategic Planning; [10] Service Delivery; [12] Financial Management and Budgeting

Jason Clement

Founder and CEO, SFM

Jason has lead SFA and SFM's development as globally recognized leaders focusing on transforming the health and economic vitality of the youth and amateur sports marketplace. Jason provides strategy and execution while overseeing the organizational development with emphasis on the core values within the SFA|SFM culture. Jason transitioned from sports facility architecture and corporate real estate asset management prior to joining SFA as a partner in 2005. He conceptualized and led the launch of SFM overseeing the development of the organization and management systems. He is also an experienced advisor having provided strategy, financial, and operational expertise to new and existing venues throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Canada, Asia, Africa and Central America. Jason was recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as its 2012 40-under-40 "Hall of Fame” honoree for business accomplishments & community involvement.

Geoff Baekey

Advisor, National Park Service Commercial Services Program

Geoff is an Advisor to National Park Service Commercial Services Program Chief on strategic business issues associated with hospitality concessions and related business operations. Responsible for bringing private sector best management practices to the NPS, as well as Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and several State Park systems. Successfully completed and implemented strategic initiatives that have increased returns through contract restructuring, establishing public/private partnerships and through rigorous financial and investment underwriting.

Suzy Fisher

Project Manager, SFA

Suzy is a dedicated parks and recreation professional with over twenty years of experience managing municipal and county departments in the Southeast. She has a proven track record for navigating difficult political situations, building relationships with elected officials and stakeholders, and sound fiscal management of operations and capital improvement budgets. With extensive experience in the fields of parks and recreation, event management, natural disaster logistics, public works, utilities, and finance, Suzy brings her passion for community engagement, sports tourism, and facility optimization to the advisory team as a project manager. 


Save Money, Save Parks: P3 Strategies for Reducing Parks & Recreation Subsidies
06/17/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/17/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
Evaluation Survey
15 Questions
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available