|Agency:||American Planning Association|
|Type of Government:||State & Local|
|Posted Date:||Nov 24, 2021|
|Due Date:||Dec 2, 2021|
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
City of Johnstown Johnstown Small Business Success Center Development RFP – November 2021
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JOHNSTOWN
PROCEDURE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL AND COPIES
The proposal must contain the completed "Vendor Information" page provided within this RFP. The vendor must submit one digital version or one hardcopy Original Proposal to the City of Johnstown. All proposals must include a detailed budget narrative.
PREPARATION OF PROPOSALS
Hardcopy proposals must be placed in a sealed envelope and marked: Johnstown Small Business Success Center Proposal The name and address of the vendor must be marked on the sealed envelope.
DELIVERY OF PROPOSALS
Proposals must be received in the City of Johnstown's Office at 401 Main Street, Johnstown, PA, 15901, no later than December 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM.
INQUIRIES AND ADDENDA
Should the vendor find any discrepancies in, or omissions from the Request For Proposal, or should there be any doubt as to meaning or interpretations, or need clarification, he/she should at once notify John Dubnansky by e-mail at email@example.com . The City of Johnstown will not be responsible for any oral instructions.
DUTY OF VENDOR TO MAKE NECESSARY INVESTIGATIONS
Before submitting a proposal, each vendor shall make all investigations and examinations necessary to ascertain all conditions and requirements affecting the full performance of the contract and to verify any representations made by the City that the vendor will rely upon. Ignorance of such conditions and requirements resulting from failure to make such investigations and examinations will not be a basis for any claim whatsoever for any monetary consideration on the part of the successful vendor.
EXPENSES INCURRED IN PREPARING PROPOSAL
The City of Johnstown accepts no responsibility for any expense incurred by the vendor in the preparation and presentation of a proposal and any such expenses are to be borne exclusively by the vendor.
RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT PROPOSALS
The City of Johnstown reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive any informalities or irregularities in the proposals received, and to accept any proposal, which is deemed most favorable to the City.
CHOICE OF LAWS
Any contract awarded shall be adjudicated, governed, and controlled in all respects as to validity, construction, capacity, performance, or otherwise by the laws of the State of Pennsylvania.
TERM OF CONTRACT
The duration of any contract awarded is anticipated to commence upon the date an agreement is entered with the City of Johnstown and conclude two years from the opening of the Johnstown Small Business Success Center. An extension of this deadline may be granted from the City of Johnstown to the contractor at the City's discretion.
PROCESS BY WHICH THE CONTRACT SHALL BE AWARDED
This contract will be awarded to the contractor judged to provide the best implementation plan and staffing. The terms of any contract may be subject to negotiation subsequent to the receipt of proposals. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following:
SPECIFICATION OF SERVICE SCOPE OF WORK
The City of Johnstown is partnering with the software company Intuit to develop the Johnstown Small Business Success Center (Center). The City of Johnstown is issuing this Request for Proposals to select a contractor to work with in the creation and operation of the Center within the Central Business District of the City of Johnstown (Wards 1,2,3,4). The Center will act as a business development hub in which assistance to entrepreneurs and existing businesses will occur. Shared work space will also be made available within the Center to help encourage people to interact and create new business development opportunities. The City of Johnstown will be solely responsible for the evaluation of all proposals. A total of $250,000 is being made available for this project. A contract will be awarded based on best overall management team experience, contractor approach to the project, amount of time required to open the facility, and facility access. The City of Johnstown reserves the right to reject any and all proposals/bids received.
To be successful with the implementation of the Center, there are key requirements that must be in place. Below is a list of requirements for the creation of the Center.
A key factor for the Center will be the expertise of the management. The management team must have experience with coaching entrepreneurs, business development, and business financing. Tasks from the management team will include, at a minimum, the following:
Intuit will provide Intuit-specific training materials.
Payment to the Contractor
The City is not paying rent/lease to the contractor for the site. Payment to the contractor totaling $250,000 is made at a set funding distribution schedule as follows:
In addition, the contractor is providing any and all utilities for the Center, at no cost to the City. This includes water, sewage, electricity, heating/cooling, and garbage removal service.
The City of Johnstown would like to open the Center as soon as possible. The contractor must provide a project schedule to the City as part of their proposal. This schedule should include an accurate 6 estimate of time to get the Center open. The contractor will operate the Center for a period of two years. Submission Requirements The City of Johnstown will require the following information as part of each contractor proposal:
A copy of the draft lease the City of Johnstown will be utilizing with the selected contractor is attached in Exhibit A. The lease signed between the City and the contractor will be for a two-year period.
The City of Johnstown will utilize the following criteria in determining which contractor to select for this project:
City of Johnstown's Role
The City of Johnstown is the coordinator of activities and initiatives with Intuit. As the coordinator, the City will need to provide regular progress reports to Intuit. The selected contractor will need to provide project data to the City monthly. Data to be provided to the City, at a minimum, includes the number of people who used the center, services provided to Center users, trainings performed, financial expenditures, and other data to be determined. Intuit will be providing a minimum of 100 staff hours to the Center annually.
VENDOR INFORMATION VENDOR NAME (PRINTED): ___________________________________
ADDRESS: ___________________________________ ___________________________________
PHONE NUMBER: ___________________________________
AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE: ___________________________________
NAME (PRINTED): ___________________________________
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