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Submission Deadline:  Friday March 31, 2017 - 5:00pm (PDT)
Proposers' Conference RSVP:  Wednesday, March 1
Notice of Intent Deadline:  Wednesday, March 15
Business Inclusion Program and Outreach Deadline:  Friday, March 17

The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) seeks to solicit a qualified Contractor or Contractor Team to prepare a Citywide Economic Development Strategy, which will also be submitted to the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The Contractor Team will work closely with the EWDD and stakeholder community to prepare four deliverables:
  1. Background Research
  2. Needs Assessment and Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis
  3. Draft Citywide Economic Development Strategy and Five-Year Implementation Plan
  4. Final Citywide Economic Development Strategy and Five-Year Implementation Plan
Uli Gelato & Sorbet - local LA business success storyThe selected Contractor Team must have a minimum of five years assisting large municipalities with developing and implementing economic development strategies, including programs, policies, and experience reaching out to and working with emerging communities (including, but not limited to low-income, minority, immigrant, Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual/Transgender communities), small businesses, and entrepreneurs.

EWDD’s overall goal for the Development Strategy is to promote robust economic growth through greater economic inclusion and enhanced competitiveness when applying for federal funds. Since the 2008 recession, the City’s population has increased to 3.96 million with approximately 18.7% of the population living below the poverty line. Despite the economic recovery taking place, not all of City residents have benefitted. The unemployment rate for September 2016 reported by the State of California Employment Development Department was 5.5%, representing over 110,000 unemployed in a labor.

Greater City economic growth and prosperity enhances business success, and also ensures that low-income Angelenos benefit as well. As the country’s most diverse city, the future of Los Angeles’ economic vitality will depend on how well it can ensure its minority, immigrant and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) communities have a pathway to economic prosperity. The Strategy must take stock of the City’s current systems to promote small businesses as well as its workforce development system to remove barriers within these communities, increase access to technology, and create opportunities for all residents to prosper.

The Strategy is also needed as a tool to identify opportunities for coordination, restructuring or reinforcement, and enhanced access to resources, making the EWDD a more effective agent for economic development in the City.
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The full RFP and all related documents and forms may be downloaded through the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN).
**Registration is required for access**

review the LABAVN Walkthrough Guide for further assistance

Optional Proposers' Conference

A proposers’ conference is scheduled to review the RFP document, discuss requirements and answer questions. City staff will not provide assistance regarding a proposer’s specific individual submission. All prospective attendees are required to RSVP for the conference by email. Please bring your own copy of the RFP as copies will not be provided.

Friday, March 3 - 9:30am
Economic & Workforce Development Department
6th Floor Main Conference Room
1200 West 7th Street, Los Angeles 90017

RSVP by Wednesday, March 1
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(please include total number of individuals attending and their full names)

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is open beginning March 6 through March 24. All technical assistance questions must be submitted by e-mail only - please identify the RFP title on the subject line of your message. The proposer’s question must identify the RFP page and section of the subject matter.

To ensure fair and consistent distribution of information, all questions will be answered by regularly updated Q&A pages linked from this webpage and on LABAVN. No individual answers will be given.

The last day for submitting technical assistance questions is Friday, March 24
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Mandatory Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal

In order to more efficiently manage the number of potential respondents to this RFP, submission of the “Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal” form (attachment 1) is required. The form must be submitted by email, using the name of the proposing organization and the name of this RFP in the email subject line.

The deadline for submitting the Notice of Intent is Wednesday, March 15 by 5:00pm (PDT)
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Business Inclusion Program (BIP) and Outreach

The BIP outreach is performed through the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN) system, accessed by going to www.labavn.org. Registration is required to access the LABAVN system. A proposer’s failure to utilize and complete the BIP Outreach will result in a proposal not being accepted.

Conducting outreach to subcontractors must be performed no later than Friday, March 17
review BIP Outreach Guide for further assistance