M/WBE Program Consultants RFP

Submission Deadline
January 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant to review, update, and expand the City of New York’s (the “City”) M/WBE (as defined below) strategy in coordination with the Mayor’s Office. The City’s M/WBE initiatives were established to address the disparity between contract awards to certain ethnic and gender groups and their representation within the New York City regional market. The mayor has set an ambitious goal of awarding at least 30% of the dollar value of City contracts (approximately $16 billion) to M/WBEs by 2021, with approximately $3.5 billion already awarded to M/WBEs in the first two years of the mayor’s having set that goal. The consultant will conduct a comprehensive review of the City’s current efforts supporting M/WBE contracting across agencies by analyzing the existing state of M/WBE contracting, identifying challenges and best practices from other local and state governments, analyzing the gaps between the current state and the City’s goals, developing recommendations and implementation plans, and developing an external communications plan and related tools.

NYCEDC plans to select a consultant on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, experience and quality of any subcontractors proposed, and demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives. Please refer to the Equal Employment and Affirmative Compliance for Non-Construction Contracts Addendum in the RFP.

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5:00pm on January 11, 2017. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to MWBEstrategy2017@edc.nyc. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFP, please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by January 18, 2017, on this page.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in this RFP, available as of December 30, 2016. In addition to being able to download the document above, the RFP is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY (between Fulton & John streets). Responses are due no later than 4:00pm On January 25, 2017. Please submit five (5) sets of copies of your proposal to:

NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY  10038
Attention: Maryann Catalano, Senior Vice President, Contracts.

Optional Info Session

Please find date, time and location listed below. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by email to MWBEstrategy2017@edc.nyc by 5:00pm on January 5, 2017

January 6, 2017
NYCEDC 110 William Street NY NY 10038 6th floor reception

This project has Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (“M/WBE”) participation goals, and all respondents will be required to submit an M/WBE Participation Proposal with their response. To learn more about NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe. For the list of companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as M/WBE, please go to the www.nyc.gov/buycertified.