Request for Proposals: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region
Southeastern CT Enterprise Region
PO Box 867
19-B Thames Street
Groton, CT 06340
RFP Submittal Deadline: 4:00 PM (EST) August 31, 2021
The Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer) seeks proposals from qualified professionals who are knowledgeable in research and development, public outreach, comprehensive planning and data analysis to update the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) using the current framework already provided in current CEDS report.
In 2002, the first CEDS was written and implemented for southeastern Connecticut. To date, four CEDS have been written by seCTer with input from hundreds of partners throughout the region. In 2013, seCTer obtained Economic Development District (EDD) status for the twenty-two cities, towns and boroughs in the region. EDDs set the stage for regional collaboration towards cohesive planning for economic development success. Southeastern Connecticut was the first designated EDD in the state of CT, demonstrating the long-standing spirit of collaboration in our region.
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) contributes to effective economic development in America’s communities and regions through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process. Economic development planning – as implemented through the CEDS – is not only a cornerstone of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) programs, but successfully serves as a means to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration. The CEDS provides the capacity-building foundation by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic actors (individuals, firms, industries), creates the environment for regional economic prosperity.
Simply put, a CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. A CEDS is the result of a regionally owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. It is a key component in establishing and maintaining a robust economic ecosystem by helping to build regional capacity (through hard and soft infrastructure) that contributes to individual, firm, and community success. The CEDS provides a vehicle for individuals, organizations, local governments, institutes of learning, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about what capacity building efforts would best serve economic development in the region.
The CEDS must include the following:
Scope of Work
Using seCTer’s current CEDS framework, the final scope of services to be provided by the selected Consultant will be developed in partnership with seCTer’s CEDS Committee. The scope may include the following elements:
A completed Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy must be provided to the CEDS committee for review, comment and recommendation to the seCTer Board of Directors. The draft plan will include goals, objectives and strategies that assist stakeholders in diversifying and expanding the economic base of the region.
Proposed Project Timeline
Focus Groups: Identify stakeholders, schedule & hold focus groups
September 1, 2021 – November 30, 2021
Review & summarize SWOT Analysis
December 1, 2021 – January 11, 2022
Draft CEDS for Economic Development Committee
January 12, 2022 – March 8, 2022
Upload draft CEDS to seCTer website for public view
April 11, 2022
Public comment period
April 11, 2022 – May 10, 2022
Initiate approval process
June 7, 2022
The allocated budget for this scope of work is $40,000. The winning proposal will be determined on a number of factors including quality, cost, efficiency, qualifications and experience.
Reponses to this RFP should:
Partner entities include, but are not limited to:
The Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer) is a non-profit, public-private regional economic development agency serving the 20 towns, two boroughs and two Native American Tribal Nations of Southeastern Connecticut.
SeCTer’s mission is to promote and preserve the region’s attractiveness, to encourage new businesses, and to assist and to nurture existing and expanding local enterprises. SeCTer is the agency responsible for developing and implementing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Southeastern CT Economic Development District in close partnership/coordination with the Southeastern CT Council of Governments and other regional organizations.
Proposals will be accepted until 4:00 PM, August 31, 2021. Any proposals received after this date and time will not be considered. To submit a proposal electronically, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director, seCTer
860-437-4659 x 201
Sheri Cote, Regional Economic Development Manager, seCTer
860-437-4659 x 5
Please submit questions in writing via email to email@example.com
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