NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) RFP NO.: 2022-03 CITY OF APALACHICOLA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT-DISASTERRECOVERY (CDBG-DR) AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT WRITING, PROGRAM …

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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

RFP NO.: 2022-03

CITY OF APALACHICOLA

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT-DISASTERRECOVERY (CDBG-DR)

AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT WRITING, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING SERVICES

The City of Apalachicola, Florida (the "City") is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery ("CDBG-DR") and economic development consulting services and other grant writing, administration, and management consulting services following the effects of Hurricane Michael, as further described in the scope of services contained in the above-referenced RFP. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development may make eligible CDBG-DR funds to the City of Apalachicola for activities authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 5301 et seq.) ("HUD Act").

The awarded firm or firms shall be responsible for the performance of all required contracted consulting services as well as any and all associated services as required by the City. All submitted Proposals shall be for principal firms and may include sub-contractors.

Please note Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968 seeks to foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. Section 3 businesses under the HUD Act are encouraged to submit a proposal as any responsive, responsible respondent that qualifies as a Section 3 business concern will be given a preference during evaluation. A firm selected for this project will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all Section 3 requirements including, but not limited to, the hiring and contracting decisions made on the projects.

RFP DEADLINE: All Proposals must be submitted on or before June 3rd, 2022, no later than 4PM (Eastern), at the following address, at which time all such proposals shall be publicly opened and read aloud:

City of Apalachicola

Attn: Travis Wade, City Manager

192 Coach Wagoner Boulevard (14th Street),

Apalachicola, Florida 32320

LATE PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER THE AFOREMENTIONED DEADLINE DATE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AND WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. THE TIME OF RECEIPT WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE TIME RECEIVED AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS. IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE VENDOR FOR ASSURING THAT PROPOSALS ARE RECEIVED AT THE ABOVE-STATED ADDRESS BY THE DESIGNATED DATE AND TIME. NO FAXED, ELECTRONIC, OR ORAL PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Proposal submissions must be submitted in a sealed envelope or package, clearly marked with the Proposer's name, address with the name of the proposer, and the RFP number and title "COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT SERVICES" so as to identify the enclosed proposal. Each submittal shall include one (1) original and three (3) copies of the proposal as well as one (1) copy in digital format placed on a flash drive or CD (i.e., in pdf format). Proposals received later than the date and time as specified will be rejected.

All interested firms must obtain the full Request for Proposals package, which contains additional information regarding this solicitation and instructions related to submitting a proposal, from the City website:

www.cityofapalachicola.com

The City reserves the right to waive minor irregularities, to reject any or all proposals received, and to otherwise make a decision with respect to this solicitation that is in the best interests of the City. The City Commission shall have the final decision-making authority concerning any final award and approval of any resulting contract. The City, at its option, may request that proposers make presentations and/or participate in question and answer sessions. The City may also request additional information from proposers that may be necessary to fully evaluate a proposal. If only one proposal is received, the City may negotiate in good faith with such proposer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status and

disability/handicapped status in employment or provision of service.

All proposals that are timely received shall become the property of the City and any costs or expenses incurred in relation to preparation and submission of proposals shall be borne by the proposer. Such proposals and related information shall be subject to the applicable provisions of the Florida Public Records Act.

ADA – Special Accommodations: Any person requiring accommodations by the City due to a disability should call Travis Wade at 850 653 9319 at least five (5) days prior to any pre-response conference, response opening, or meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service, which can be reached at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

Publish Date: May 12, 2022

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