City Issues the Call for CRA Suitors
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September 5, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The call for a private company that may lead the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) went out Wednesday as the city’s “RFQ” (Request for Qualifications) was issued.
An RFQ is a request for interested companies to convince the city that they are the most qualified group to lead and staff the CRA. It is not a request for specific proposals so respondents are not yet asked to provide specific costs.
Instead, they need to convince a panel of judges that they are more qualified than their competitors. Once selected, the top company would then begin negotiations with the city for a list of services and costs.
The city is looking for a firm to provide redevelopment, staffing services, management and consulting services, including the management of all activities and operations of the CRA.
Officials are seeking to reorganize the structure of the CRA. At the suggestion of former CRA Director Kim Briesmeister, the new structure would no longer include full time city employees in the CRA. Instead, CRA staffing would be provided by the private firm. However, city officials have said they are looking to encourage any private firm to hire the current CRA staffers.
The expectation is that a private staffing firm would be able to provide a wider range of skills and talents than a static full time staff. As a result, the CRA would be more agile when responding to changing market needs and projects.
The “agility” comes from a new structure that can quickly respond to the changing needs of the organization.
Hiring full time city employees with skill sets that may be needed for short term projects is expensive, time consuming and inefficient.
Hiring independent contractors when needed is extremely expensive.
Yet having a staffing model with an organization that can rotate in people with specific skills when needed as part of the overall operation gives the CRA the ability to quickly respond to and manage various projects and challenges.
Companies have one month to toss their name in the hat for consideration. Among the private groups expected to respond is a company owned by Briesmeister, who resigned last week in order to avoid any conflict.
During West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio’s weekly media availability Wednesday, Mayor Muoio talked about the process and Briesmeister’s possible bid:
The deadline for companies to submit their bids is October 4th. Each firm will then be judged by a panel that will rank the companies.