The City of Independence is seeking qualified consulting firms to prepare a citywide Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP). The EDSP will provide a framework to increase the City’s tax base by enhancing the business climate and encouraging job retention and creation. The City’s ultimate goal is to sustain and expand its economic base in order to provide for a high quality of life for all residents.
Ideally, the Plan will identify a key set of strategies with action items which build upon the City’s current assets, identify strategies to overcome its challenges, facilitate the growth and expansion of existing industry/ business sectors, and promote key development and redevelopment opportunities integral to the City’s economic future. These activities will increase employment and position the City as a great place to live, learn, visit, work and play.
Developed strategies should address both the needs and impediments for existing business, while defining methods for attracting and growing new business opportunities. Identifying and maintaining a balance between business retention and attraction is necessary in a mature community like Independence.
Proposals are due January 9, 2013 by 4:00 PM (EST). Questions should be directed to Jeremy Rowan, Economic Development Director for the City of Independence at email@example.com. Please put “EDSP RFP Questions” in the subject line of all email messages. All questions must be submitted in writing no later than December 21, 2012 and will be posted to the City's website on the "RFP Information" tab.