FCS GROUP, established in 1988, provides utility rate and fee consulting, utility management consulting, financial planning and analysis, and economic services to public sector clients inclusive of city and county governments, municipal corporations, ports, special purpose districts, and state agencies.
As an independent and objective firm, FCS GROUP has delivered high-quality, cost-effective consulting services in over 3,500 engagements and served more than 650 clients. Our staff of 30 serves clients throughout the western United States from locations in Redmond, Washington, Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Boulder, Colorado.
FCS GROUP’s management team includes professionals with backgrounds in public administration, management, finance, accounting, economics and engineering disciplines. These analytically-focused perspectives equip us to address government finance, public reserve fund, IT and operational challenges while maintaining fixed attention on organizational sensitivities, policy drivers, and stakeholder priorities.
FCS GROUP is a commercial enterprise in the business of providing financial, economic, and management consulting services. We facilitate sound decision-making and management by public officials and stakeholders by applying a solutions-focused analytical approach to public sector issues and programs, often in support of life-sustaining infrastructure and improved quality of life.
In everything we do, we strive to make the name FCS GROUP synonymous with the word “Excellence.” We aspire to be recognized and highly sought after as an exemplary provider of financial, economic, and management consulting solutions that support better and more effective stewardship and management of public resources. Our success is measured by our ability to deliver exceptional service, high quality work, and innovative solutions to our clients; to meet the financial expectations of our shareholders; and to maintain a stable, challenging and enriching environment for our employees.
We set the bar for work quality. We apply our experience, knowledge, technical rigor, innovation and creativity on each assignment to produce deliverables of lasting value to our clients. We commit to a standard for work products that focuses on accuracy in analysis, objectivity in evaluation, clarity in communication, and practical applicability of results.
We commit to act in an ethical, forthright, and truthful manner with clients, partners, and coworkers. We deliver impartial and objective products and services, and we endeavor to keep all commitments to our clients, to our coworkers, and to ourselves.
We strive to develop and apply substantive expertise for the benefit of our clients. Our curiosity and commitment to learning and growing expands the breadth and depth of our expertise.
We assume individual responsibility and accountability for Firm success, as well as the success of our clients. We endeavor to be self-motivated and take ownership for the quality and responsiveness of our services and deliverables.
We promote and respect the diverse perspectives of our employees as we strive to incorporate differing creative and analytical strengths into a successful business model. We believe in treating each individual with dignity in a sincere, fair, and candid manner. We acknowledge, embrace, and value the unique gifts, attributes and contributions of each person, both within and outside the Firm.
We support equity, inclusion, and diversity. We stand with communities of color and with all people working to end racism and systemic injustice. We also strive to promote an inviting and welcoming environment for all people regardless of their race, gender, identity, age, national origin, religion, disability, or class. We pledge to embody these values in our hiring practices and in our relationships with and among our employees and clients.
Through collaborative teamwork, each of us can reach our full potential as individuals, and together, we can reach our full potential as a company. Through mutual trust and respect, we communicate openly and honestly, so that fresh ideas can be nourished and cooperation can flourish at all levels within the Firm. This cooperative and open perspective extends outwards to clients and stakeholders. We dedicate ourselves to respect our clients, listen to them, and strive to understand their issues.
We believe that a successful and growing professional career requires that work be an integral and important part of one’s lifestyle. We embrace the philosophy that healthy, productive employees are invested in, and successful at, both their professional and personal pursuits. We expect employees to be passionate and enthusiastic about their work, while maintaining a healthy and sustainable family and social life.
FCS GROUP has performed over 3,000 utility finance and rate development projects ranging from defining revenue requirements and building comprehensive financial modeling tools, to performing long-term capital management strategies and developing full cost-of-service rates. We work with agencies large and small, in urban and suburban areas, rural systems, regions with seasonal/climate sensitivities, and sites characterized by specific commercial/industrial classes. We are experts and educators in utility rate policies and practices and are attentive to legal constraints in every location we work. We have invested time with agency staffs, policymakers, stakeholders, and customers in an effort to improve the long-term financial health and integrity of your utility(ies).
FCS GROUP offers tailored business management solutions. We assist with the formation and merger of utilities, perform cost-benefit analyses, develop strategic business plans, and negotiate complicated wholesale agreements—helping your utility maintain its resiliency in an ever-changing environment.
FCS GROUP financial consultants specialize in helping local and state governments, regional agencies and public safety entities address and solve issues involving policy objectives, public finance, cost recovery, facility financing and long-term facility reinvestment funding, and organizational performance. We have a broad understanding and specific expertise on local and state government policymaking; how the many different governmental functions are performed; and what role elected officials, the public, community organizations and employees have in making governments responsive to community needs.
FCS GROUP economists help governments create vibrant sustainable communities. We model the fiscal and social return on public investments and provide creative ways of funding projects and services. Challenges turn into opportunities as we support goals aimed at fair housing and job creation.