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Infrastructure Opportunities:

  • Outreach to Disadvantage Business Enterprises for Federally Funded Transportation Projects: Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, joined SEPTA’s General Manager and PennDOT’s District 6 Executive to send a letter to 260 businesses in the Philadelphia Region that are certified as Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE).  These businesses are eligible to participate on any federally funded street, highway, transit or aviation contract as a DBE.  The letter reminds businesses to look for project information to be advertised in the Philadelphia Tribune and posted on City of Philadelphia, PennDOT, SEPTA and Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PAUCP) websites.  Read the letter here.
    *For information about becoming a DBE certified for federally funded projects visit the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program website.

Economic Development Opportunities:

  • Mayor's Office of Re-Entry: Each year thousands of ex-offenders are released from state, local and federal detention centers back into the Philadelphia community. Many of them are severely undereducated and are in need of additional job skills. Research demonstrates that ex-offenders who gain steady employment are less likely to recidivate. The same research shows that employment alone is not enough to deter them from crime and unless the ex-offenders also develop social bonds and establish positive relationships the effects of steady employment decreases. As a result of these findings, M.O.R.E. designed the Managed Reintegration Network as a programmatic approach based on the practices listed above. This RFP targets a percentage of ARRA funds to be used for the job placement and job retention of ex-offenders returning to Philadelphia who are active participants in the M.O.R.E Managed Reintegration Network. To view the RFP, please click here:

  • The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) has entered into a contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to provide energy saving building shell and furnace retrofits for up to 5,000 low-income eligible households in Philadelphia over the next three years. PHDC is seeking response to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from contractors interested in providing the needed services. Respondents should indicate in their qualifications the number of homes they can weatherize. The final number of contractors will be determined through a contract review process performed by PHDC. Contractor track record, proposal quality, and availability of work will be important factors in determining the amount of contract dollars awarded to selected contractors. A briefing session will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in the Septa Conference Room C, 11th Floor, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. This briefing is very important for all contractors who have not participated in the program during the past year, and is recommended for current contractors as well. Please review your proposal package and bring your questions to the contractor briefing. To access the RFP, please click here.


City of Philadelphia Recovery-related Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Contracts:

  • Recovery Officer (General Consultant Services) – The Recovery Officer’s work will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will begin by conducting an assessment of the existing reporting capacity and structures within the department(s) managing funding applications and determining what else is needed. In the second phase, the Recovery Officer will be responsible for implementing any recommendations. The Recovery Officer’s primary responsibilities will include: Providing support to departmental application and program managers; Developing a transparent methodology for monitoring the progress of ARRA funded projects; Developing the processes and procedures for fulfilling the ARRA funding reporting requirements established by the Office of Management and Budget; Communicating the status and results of ARRA funded initiatives to internal and external stakeholders and the public; Identifying and Resolving Administrative Obstacles to Project Success; and Other duties may be assigned. Click here for RFP.

Economic Development Opportunities:

  • The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will help identify eligible providers to provide training for adult and dislocated workers. Preference will be given to training programs that provide or link to college credits, as well as programs that train for jobs in specified high growth industries. For organizations interested in submitting proposals, a bidder’s conference is planned for 11 a.m. on May 15 at the PWDC offices at 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1300 in Philadelphia. A notice of intent to bid is due by May 19, with the proposals due by June 8. For more information click here.

  • Office of Supportive Housing (OSH): To provide assistance to city residents experiencing delinquencies in rent and/or utilities as a component of the OSH Homelessness Prevention Program. Services will be supported by grant funds allocated by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to foster housing stability to low-income households and prevent homelessness. A minimum of 1000 households will be assisted during the contract term. A mandatory informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, 6/10/09 at 2 PM at 1401 JFK Blvd., 16th Floor, Room "C". ONLY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. For more information, click here and review opportunity 21090529085036.

  • Office of Supportive Housing (OSH): To provide assistance to residents of city-funded emergency and transitional housing programs supported by allocations from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As a component of the Homelessness Prevention Programs, providers will assist these residents in locating and moving into permanent housing and providing the financial assistance to achieve housing stabilization. A minimum of 350 households are expected to be served during the contract term. A mandatory informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, 6/10/09, at 3 PM at 1401 JFK Blvd., 16th Floor, Room "C". ONLY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. For more information, click here and review opportunity 21090529085149.

  • Gap Financing Loan Product: The goal of the Gap Financing Loan Product is to provide funding for projects on commercial corridors seeking gap financing, anticipated to range between $100,000 and $1,000,000, to supplement already committed senior financing. In addition to closing funding gaps (not to exceed 20% of total projects costs), this product intends to specifically enable projects that emphasize transit access and use, and/or energy efficiency. Proposals must be received by 5pm EST on Monday, June 6th, 2009. Click here to review the RFP.

Infrastructure Opportunities:

  • Streets Department: The Streets Department is currently advertising a package of curb ramp improvements and street resurfacing.  The bid package is posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Engineering and Construction Management System web site.   The bid package can be viewed here.

  • Philadelphia Water Department: The Philadelphia Water Department will advertise plant projects and street projects on the City’s procurement website.   Project bid packages can be viewed while bidding remains open.  The bid package can be viewed here.