The Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development is soliciting statements of qualification for consultant services to support the implementation of the City’s U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Short-Term Planning and Local Technical Assistance Grant award. Known as the Indy FastTrack initiative, this effort will focus on four recently vacated or otherwise underutilized automotive manufacturing sites: Chrysler Foundry, Ford/Visteon, Navistar, and GM Stamping Plant. Services requested include, but are not limited to, property and real estate, environmental, workforce, and strategic planning.
The purpose of this Project is to create a market-based, results-driven plan that prescribes a transferable and adaptive approach for the relatively quick and sustainable reuse of each of these four sites. The intent of this Project is to use the deliverables (interim and final) to inform City agencies and partnering organizations of the Region’s capacity to spur private investment at these four sites. This Project is further intended to create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs and improve the global competitiveness of businesses within the region.
This Project, led by the City of Indianapolis, will result in an actionable plan to increase private investment in the above mentioned sites, while leveraging the resources of an allied array of stakeholders toward the common goal of sustainably revitalizing these sites in a manner that creates higher-skill, higher-wage jobs for an existing and skilled, but underemployed, local workforce. Implementation of the resulting Strategic Action Plan will result in a resilient and more diversified regional economy that can readily adjust to future downturns in discrete economic sectors and capitalize on the multiple and broad benefits of increased global competitiveness. For the purposes of this project, the term “regional” refers to Marion County, Indiana. Where appropriate, regional issues will be considered in the context of the Indianapolis
Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Indianapolis DMD wishes to secure consulting services to complete the short-term planning process which will replace and expand employment opportunities throughout the Indianapolis-Marion County Region, and further re-positioning these four large land assets to support development that can once again sustain higher-skill, higher-wage jobs. The project is anticipated to start in February 2013 and conclude by March 2014.