Founded in 1915, CGR has been delivering expert support to the public, nonprofit and private sectors for a century. Originally, we were incorporated as the Rochester (NY) Bureau of Municipal Research, and were established by founder George Eastman with a mandate to “get things done for the community” we call home. Although our passion for delivering promising solutions has never changed, both the geographic area and clients we serve have broadened dramatically. Today we have a national reach and can be found working with a diverse range of agencies, organizations and communities.
In an arena served almost exclusively by for-profit consultancies, CGR stands apart. Since our founding, we have operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a status that insulates us from political bias and holds us accountable to our clients’ true shareholders – the communities they serve – positioning them as more desirable places to live and work.
Just like our clients, we’re in the business of making a difference.
Paul Bishop leads the local government practice at CGR. He is a public policy researcher with a passion for addressing public safety issues and improving government operations. He directs projects involving a wide range of issues related to local government operations, public safety services, and community well-being. He approaches each project with the understanding that each client and circumstance is unique. His experience in government operations spans all aspects of public safety, organizational efficiency, financial analysis and local government consolidation. He brings his experience of emergency response, system coordination and thorough analysis to each CGR project on which he works. He also brings the perspective of being a supervisor, educator and care provider to each aspect of analysis His expertise includes program assessment, strategic planning and accreditation processes.
His experience with government management issues is diverse, including evaluating service options, strategic planning and internal efficiencies for municipalities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In New York, he has worked in more than 20 counties from Chautauqua to Essex to Nassau. He has worked with communities of several hundred to several hundred thousand to help address the diverse array of challenges they face.
Recent completed projects led by Mr. Bishop include:
Also, Mr. Bishop was a key staff member on these projects:
Outside of CGR, Mr. Bishop actively practices as a paramedic for a non-profit EMS service outside of Rochester. He has been an active EMS provider since 1991 and a paramedic since 1995. He enjoys being active outdoors in all seasons from the seaside to the mountain top.
Prior to joining CGR in 2012, Mr. Bishop managed EMS education at the Public Safety Training Center at Monroe Community College for 10 years. His work at the Rochester, New York college focused on all aspects of education for EMS including initial certification for emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and leadership. Earlier in his career, he served as paramedic, supervisor and operations manager for an urban EMS organization.
Mr. Bishop earned his masters of public administration at the State University of New York at Brockport, and his bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational psychology from the University of Rochester.