Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Here's how to get the city to pay you

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Let me just say from the get-go that this is not the most thrilling thing I've ever blogged.

But if you're trying to make some money, this may be of interest to you. As you may know, the city contracts some of its projects and services. The way it generally decides who gets those contracts is through a process called Request for Proposal, or RFP.

Problem is, a lot of people think the RFP process is, well, confusing. Hideously confusing. So the city has a video and workshop to help prospective contractors figure the process out.

So what did I tell you? Thrilling, no. Interesting, yes.

New video, workshop instructs how to apply for City Proposals

The City of Colorado Springs has produced a new video that provides a detailed overview of its Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The RFP process provides individuals and companies an opportunity to compete to provide a wide range of products and services to the City.
The video (RFP Video Version 3) is posted on the City’s Web site ( in several places, including the Procurement Services, Financial and Administrative Services and Public Communications Web pages (use the “City Agencies” drop down menu).
“We hope the video will take some of the mystery out of the RFP process and encourage more individuals and companies to submit proposals,” explained Curt Decapite, Procurement Services manager.
In addition, interested individuals and companies are invited to a “Local Business Opportunity Workshop” on Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, Pikes Peak Room, 1521 Hancock Expressway. Those attending will learn how to follow government procurement processes and meet with procurement staff from the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County, School District 11 and the State of Colorado.
According to DeCapite, the City does not have a “bidding list” of suppliers that are contacted when RFP opportunities arise. Rather, the City posts RFP opportunities in the Contracting Office lobby in the City Administration Building as well as on the Procurement Services Web page of
“The RFP process is beneficial for both the City and for the individuals and companies that supply products and services. The City receives high-quality products and services at fair prices and individuals and services are offered opportunities to compete on a level playing field,” said DeCapite.

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