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Development community to benefit from free Phoenix proposal boot campDevelopment community to benefit from free Phoenix proposal boot camp<div class="ExternalClass0769069225514A18AB6247B0F01DC9B0"><p>A boot camp for developers, architects and designers is in the works by city of Phoenix to help companies and joint ventures submit responsive proposals for development requests for proposals. The free two-hour session is slated for Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m. on the first floor of Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.</p><p>The boot camp focuses on development RFPs offered by Community and Economic Development to acquire and develop city-owned land, primarily within downtown Phoenix or along light rail lines.</p><p>"The city wants to increase the number of quality proposals it receives for development projects," said Christine Mackay, director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development. "We are offering the boot camp to provide interested parties an opportunity to learn about our process in an informal setting."</p><p>To ensure a level playing field, the city's Solicitation Transparency Policy limits proposer communication with the City once an RFP has been released. CED has its own procurement manager and process to manage development proposals and ensure process fairness and integrity.</p><p>"This is a moment in time when we do not have any competitive development RFPs on the street," said Gretchen Wolfe, CED procurement manager. "It's one of the rare times we can walk interested companies through the process and answer questions informally."</p><p>The boot camp will be in the first-floor assembly room at City Hall. Wolfe will walk through a recent RFP to discuss minimum qualifications and elements required for a responsive proposal as well as the subsequent evaluation process.</p><p>"We know it is a time consuming and expensive effort to respond to a development RFP," said Mackay. "Then when a proposal is submitted with missing requirements, we are required to reject it as 'non-responsive' and it's very frustrating for staff and the proposer when we have to reject a quality proposal. The boot camp will help firms understand the level of required detail for a responsive proposal."</p><p>Wolfe said CED intends to use the boot camp to make the process more understandable.</p><p>"Interested parties will be able to ask questions without the pressure of a looming proposal deadline," Wolfe said. "It's a time they can ask questions, follow-up on questions, and see how the process works. We're hoping to make this as user-friendly a process as possible."</p><p>The boot camp objective is to encourage more effective, responsive proposals to city development RFPs.</p><p>"What's learned here is just for development RFPs issued by CED," said Wolfe. "What we seek in a responsive proposal for a development opportunity is different from what is required for other types of solicitations, such as construction projects, goods and services."</p><p>Parking is available in the City Hall Garage, 305 W. Washington St., on the southeast corner of Washington Street and Fourth Avenue. CED will validate a 1-hour parking discount for attendees.</p><p>To register for the Boot Camp go to PhoenixRFPBootCamp.Ev​entbrite.com/</p></div>9/6/2017 7:00:00 AMEric Jay TollEric Jay Toll602-617-3797