Open request for qualifications for professional services from MBE and WBE firms

In an effort to be more equitable and inclusive in the contracting process, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, with its affiliated entities (collectively, the “Partnership”), issues this open request for qualifications from MBE and WBE firms (as defined in Exhibit A) for various projects initiated during calendar year 2022. The Partnership seeks to be more intentional and deliberate in connecting to diverse firms as it works to advance economic opportunities for all businesses in the St. Louis region.

Recently, both the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County passed legislation to establish standards for minority participation in their public contracting procedures. The Board of Directors for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has adopted similar standards for the Partnership’s procurement of contracts. In order to increase the equity of its contracting processes, the Partnership seeks to establish a directory of qualified MBE and WBE professional services/consulting firms. Firms included in this directory will be notified of every published contract opportunity that the Partnership advertises during calendar year 2022.

The Partnership seeks qualifications from MBE and WBE firms with expertise and experience that includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Demolition;
  • Environmental remediation (specifically including asbestos remediation);
  • Engineering (including, but not limited to, civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing);
  • Title services for real estate transactions;
  • Architectural design and consulting services;
  • Planning, landscape architecture and urban design services;
  • Environmental consulting/engineering services (including but not limited to assessment, remedial design and site remediation/cleanup services);
  • Geotechnical services;
  • Traffic generation and assessment analysis;
  • Building inspection services;
  • General contracting/construction;
  • Landscaping;
  • Construction cost estimating;
  • Construction management/oversight;
  • Land surveying;
  • Economic and community development consulting (economic/market research and studies, incentives/tax analyses, appraisals, existing conditions analysis, and community assessment and outreach);
  • Strategic planning (includes organizational development, SWOT analysis, and long-term goal planning);
  • Real estate consulting (strategic facilities planning and space planning/programming);
  • Property acquisition and relocation services;
  • Financial consulting services in the areas of, but not limited to, loan packaging and loan servicing, tax exempt and taxable bond financing, joint venture equity, and mezzanine or other forms of debt and equity financing;
  • Mentoring/consulting services in the areas of, but not limited to, human resources, risk management, information technology, financial management, sales training, marketing and legal;
  • Marketing/communications (PR, electronic marketing, news story development, and ads);
  • Multi-lingual translation and interpretation services;
  • International trade consulting and research services (trade commodity flows, market research and development, business planning, compliance including legal and financial);
  • International diplomatic, trade, and economic development consulting;
  • Project management consulting services (includes project development, advocacy, political outreach);
  • Legal services in all areas of specialization, including but not limited to, corporate law, contract negotiations and transactional support, immigration, legislation, incentive analysis and negotiations, environmental law, land use and eminent domain, real estate law, public finance transactions (incentives analysis and public funding mechanisms/bonds, and business finance) and litigation;
  • Any and all specialty services pertaining to the establishment and operation of the U.S. Citizen & Immigration Service EB5 program or EB5 Regional Centers to include but not limited to immigration legal counsel, corporate and securities legal counsel, economic analysis, business plan writing, marketing, web design and maintenance, and international marketing and securities brokerage;
  • Information Technology services (including but not limited to selection, design and maintenance of SLEDP’s database(s) to meet organizational reporting needs, website design, maintenance and hosting, and other related audio/visual and related technology services);
  • Tax, auditing and accounting services;
  • Fundraising;
  • Grant writing services;
  • Custodial and janitorial services;
  • Property maintenance services (including, but not limited to, HVAC repairs and preventative maintenance, lawncare, asphalt repair, snow/ice removal, security services, and plumbing); and/or
  • Waste management services.

See the full RFQ here.