Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)

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About IBTS

IBTS is a national nonprofit organization and trusted advisor and partner to local, state, and federal governments.

We are proud to support and strengthen counties by providing solutions in federal grants management; disaster preparation, planning, mitigation, and recovery; solar quality assurance; resilience planning; and much more. Please contact us today to see how IBTS can assist your county.

Contact: Karen Johnson, Market Engagement Program Director, at, or visit our website.


We value our commitment to NACo and its members. Not only is IBTS a NACo Premier Silver Corporate Partner and Resilient Counties Sponsor, NACo has also appointed a representative to our Board of Directors since 1997. This unique and innovative partnership ensures that our work is guided in part by the needs of NACo members.

For counties, there is always more to do and not enough resources with which to do it. IBTS recognizes this, as well as other unique challenges and expectations that accompany providing essential county services effectively and transparently. Whether your county needs assistance navigating the complexities of federal grant compliance; ensuring effective and appropriate management of publicly funded renewable energy projects; recovering from a disaster or becoming more resilient to future ones, you can be assured that IBTS has the professional expertise you need as well as our nonprofit commitment to seeing your county succeed.

Disaster Management

Prior to and following a disaster, IBTS can help your community recover quickly by leveraging FEMA and Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds and providing program management and oversight, disaster assessments, inspections, quality assurance, community engagement and public relations, and more.

Federal Grants Management

IBTS has managed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants for local governments without a single audit finding. Our time-tested processes and tools and wealth of federal grants expertise ensures reliable compliance and financial controls, grant administration, program management, and oversight, to give your community peace of mind that funds are spent appropriately and effectively. In addition to FEMA and CDBG-DR funding your county may receive following a disaster (see “Disaster Management,” above), IBTS also provides management services for ARPA, FEMA BRIC, CDBG-MIT, and many other types of federal grants.

Renewable Energy Program Management

As counties across the U.S. are initiating renewable energy projects to benefit their communities, many are finding themselves in unknown territory. IBTS can assist your county with project planning and management, ensuring that public funds will be spent appropriately and efficiently, giving your community the most benefit with the least hassle.

Resilience Assessment and Planning Services

IBTS knows that each community’s resilience needs are unique, so we customize our services to fit your county’s needs. Through a suite of resilience assessment and planning services, IBTS will help your county anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly from natural or manmade disasters. Our services range from baseline assessments and resilience workshop facilitation to identify immediate needs that address chronic stressors to project impact assessments to prioritize your county’s initiatives.

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