The CSDA Consultant Connection was developed to give our members access to a pool of experts who provide exclusive discounts and special benefits for a variety of services. Some include:
- Leadership/Board Development
- Strategic Planning
- Board Planning/Facilitation
- Succession Planning
- Organizational Assessment
- Public Outreach/Communications
- Change Management
CSDA’s Consultant Connection is your source for these services and more.
Digital Mapping Solutions
California CAD Solutions
Free Month of Service
“Data as a Service” is a cost-effective solution for Special Districts that need a GIS but don’t have or can’t afford to hire dedicated GIS staff. “Data as a Service” is a monthly subscription allowing special districts to leverage important data to meet the needs of the district without the expense of special software and employees. CSDA members receive one month FREE with their initial 12-month term.
U.S. Communities is the leading national government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. U.S. Communities provides participants with access to a broad line of competitively solicited contracts with national suppliers that have committed to providing their best overall public agency pricing. For more information, visit www.uscommunities.org.
District Purchasing Card
Bank of the West Government Banking
Access to the CSDA District Purchasing Card that may improve expense control and cash flow.
CSDA is partnering with Bank of the West to launch the CSDA District Purchasing Card program specifically for CSDA member districts. Our goal is to help your district find ways to manage and report spending while providing your employees with convenient tools to make necessary purchases. The Purchasing Card can be used for vendor payments, travel expenses, online purchases, utility bills and much more.
In addition to potential cash rebates, other benefits may include: improved cash flow through increased float, lowered costs by reducing check writing, better expense management through enhanced monitoring capabilities.
Please contact a Bank of the West Government Banking Relationship Manager at (866) 588-1358 to learn more about introducing the CSDA District Purchasing Card in your special district.
Subject to credit approval. Member FDIC.
For more information on the CSDA District Purchasing Card click here.
CSDA Statewide Travel & Fuel Card Programs
In partnership with the State of California, the Statewide Travel & Fuel Card programs give special district business travelers access to discounted, unrestricted, fully refundable airfares, discounted car rental rates and automatic travel insurance. Agencies that want to take advantage of the program must first apply for a Citibank Central Travel Account (CTA), an efficient, cardless billing system especially designed for this program. Fees for the CTA have been waived per the State of California contract. For more information and instructions, click here.
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Government Rates on Vehicle Rentals
The State of California has awarded Enterprise Holdings, Inc. a contract for commercial car rentals and this benefit is being passed on to CSDA members. Use the code below to get discounts for business rentals. When renting from either Enterprise or National, use code NACA107 with pin # CSD.
CSDA Finance Corporation
Access to Cost Effective, Tax-Exempt Financing
CSDA Finance Corporation is a non-profit public benefit corporation established to help special districts and other public agencies through the use of innovative and efficient financing programs. Our mission is to provide members with efficient, effective, and prompt satisfaction of their financial needs through competitively priced financings of major capital improvements, equipment purchases, and other projects. Whether your financing needs are $50 thousand or $50 million, the CSDA Finance Corporation can help!
First Aid & Safety Products
Cintas First Aid and Safety
Cintas, the nation’s largest provider of van-delivered first aid and safety products, also provides on-site safety, first aid and CPR training. Cintas can help get your district into compliance with OSHA guidelines and stay there. In addition to discounts on first aid and safety products, Cintas extends a 15% discount on Uniform Rental and Facility Cleaning Services. Discounts available to CSDA members not already serviced by a Cintas branch.
Alternative Measurement Method
CSDA has partnered with California School Boards Association (CSBA) to offer Governmental Accounting Standards Boards Statement (GASB) 45 Alternative Measurement Method (AMM) to assist smaller districts in complying with GASB 45. Special districts with less than 100 plan members may be eligible to use this approved cost-effective alternative method. CSBA’s GASB 45 AMM allows small special districts to be compliant for a fraction of the cost of a full valuation. For more information about the Alternative Measurement Method click here.
This program provides local government with pre-screening employment background investigations, drug testing and employee hotline services to help reduce liability for negligent hire or negligent retention of employees.
Stable Option for Investment of District Funds
The Investment Trust of California (CalTRUST) is a program established by public agencies in California for the purpose of pooling and investing local agency funds – operating reserves as well as bond proceeds. CalTRUST offers the option of several accounts to provide participating agencies with a convenient method of pooling funds – including a money market fund. This program is a great option to diversify investments! Learn more about CalTRUST by completing this form.
This interactive Career Center offers an expanded job board for special districts and other local governments throughout California. Not only does the Career Center offer the capability to post jobs, but also the capability to post and download resumes, and offers discounts for multiple postings.
SDRMA – Special District Risk Management Authority
Access to Affordable Property, Liability & Workers’ Compensation Coverages and Health Benefits
SDRMA’s primary objective is to serve as a single resource to meet all of the risk management needs of members. Quality coverage protection and risk management services, responsive claims management, as well as tailored safety and loss prevention programs provide members with an unequaled risk management program. To ensure maximum protection of public agencys’ resources, our current programs include Property and Liability coverage, Workers’ Compensation, Health Benefits and MemberPlus Services™.
Utility Cost Control
Utility Cost Management LLC
One-hour Free Advisory Services and 16% Discount on Bill Analysis Service
Utility Cost Management, LLC seeks to reduce clients’ electricity, gas, water, sewer and solid waste charges through the informed application of utility regulations. With its Bill Analysis ServiceSM, UCM applies utility regulations to customers’ bills to uncover errors. When billing errors are corrected, UCM receives a percentage of the corresponding refunds and savings. If UCM fails to reduce clients’ utility costs, then the Bill Analysis Service is free.
50% Discount on Monthly Subscription
Streamline is a website tool that allows districts to be up and running with a site in just 20 minutes, and provides a transparency dashboard that helps districts meet transparency best practices as recommended by the Special District Leadership Foundation. For more information, visit www.getstreamline.com.