I. Introduction
St. Louis County Port Authority (“Port”) seeks a professionally qualified Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm that is current in yellow book requirements to conduct an independent audit of its financial records.

Closing Date: An electronic copy of the completed proposal will be submitted to the PORT c/o the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and must be received no later than 3 PM CT on Friday, February 9, 2024. Electronic proposals should be submitted to Howl Bean, at [email protected], with a copy to Josh Ayers, at [email protected].
Questions: Technical assistance is limited to providing copies of previous audit reports and answering questions about the instructions, definitions, or terms in this Request for Proposal (“RFP”). All questions must be submitted in writing to both Howl Bean and Josh Ayers at the contact addresses above.
Contract Period: This award will be for a period of one year.

II. Background
The Port is a political subdivision of the state of Missouri, organized pursuant to Chapter 68 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri to promote the general welfare, to encourage private capital investment by fostering the creation of industrial facilities and industrial parks, to endeavor to increase the volume of commerce and to promote the establishment of a foreign trade zone within the port district, which includes all of St. Louis County.

III. Statement of Purpose & Scope of Work
The primary purpose of the audit is to express an opinion on the Port’s financial status in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America as set forth by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The designated firm will be required to conduct a comprehensive review and audit of all facets of Port’s financial affairs and present to the Finance Committee/Treasurer and the Port’s Board of Commissioners opportunities for the improvement of internal accounting controls and management efficiencies. Any deficiencies in internal controls, management procedures, and statutory requirements relating to fiscal matters and financial controls shall be reported immediately to the Port Board Chair and Treasurer. Generally, it is anticipated that the auditors’ reports will be completed by June 14, 2024, or as soon thereafter as agreed by the Port. Port’s fiscal year is October 1 through September 30.

The review should also advise Port of the optimal approach to complete the audit. This review should include tests of the accounting records and the supporting evidence, observations, and review of the system of internal control, as your firm considers necessary to express an opinion.

See the full RFP here.

Submission of Proposals
To be considered, proposals must be received no later than Friday, February 9, 2024, at 3:00 PM CT.
Electronic proposals should be sent by email to both Howl Bean, [email protected], and Josh Ayers, [email protected].

St. Louis County Port Authority
c/o St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
Attn: Howl Bean
AND Attn: Josh Ayers
120 S. Central Ave., 12th Floor
St. Louis, Missouri 63105