The P4 Partnership Program, a collaboration among the Dayton Development Coalition, several Ohio agencies and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has shaved operating costs for the Air Force at the same time it has improved support for the installation.
The partnership brought together the Coalition, the governor’s office, the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Administrative Services, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Veteran’s Affairs, JobsOhio and Sinclair Community College (SCC). The partners have focused on projects that provide education, job training and employment search opportunities; leverage resources to reduce costs on large commodity purchases; and permit the mutually beneficial use of emergency response facilities and equipment, and recreation facilities.
To provide job training and networking opportunities, the partnership launched “Ohio Means Internships,” a website that promotes internships at Wright-Patterson and throughout the state. The installation and the state are working together to help veterans take advantage of resources offered by universities as well. On base, Wright-Patterson’s transition assistance manager helps transitioning members connect easily with “Ohio Means Veterans Jobs,” a free online job search resource, thanks to assistance from the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.
Wright-Patterson and SCC also have teamed up to offer a hands-on, site-specific education exchange program. Last year, 2,000 students in SCC’s Fire Protection Technology program used the base’s fire department, burn tower and equipment to practice firefighting techniques. In return, SCC provided professional development training to base employees and hazard waste and emergency response training to base fire department personnel. The wholesale cost of the exchange was $129,000, but the base avoided more than $464,400 in costs it would have incurred to meet federal regulations. SCC realized savings of $178,400 over five years from this project.
The P4 Partnership Program is helping Wright-Patterson to cut costs in other ways. The base used the state’s managed services program to obtain low-cost licenses for specialized radios that are used by first responders and public safety personnel. The base also is using the state’s cooperative purchase program to save up to 30 percent on commodity purchases.
By leveraging shared resources to meet individual and collective goals, Wright-Patterson, the Dayton Development Coalition and the state of Ohio have developed a broad, mutually beneficial and cost-effective partnership. Its success has prompted the secretary of the Air Force to ask other installations to replicate it. For their initiative to work hand-in-glove with the base on a variety of projects, the Dayton Development Coalition in partnership with the state of Ohio earned ADC’s Community Excellence Award.