RFP for Career Center services issued on January 19

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as GNBWIB) is issuing RFP #01.2018 for the purpose of selecting a Career Center operator and framework service provider for the Greater New Bedford region. The RFP issuance is January 19, 2018 at 9 a.m. local board time.

The successful respondent will have the appropriate capacity and expertise to design, administer and implement an innovative and compliant system of Career Center workforce development services for the benefit of the job seeker and business customers in the Greater New Bedford workforce development area. These services must, at a minimum, include Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and related shared partner services and be delivered in an integrated model. A copy of the WIOA regulations is available at https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/.

Notice of this competitive solicitation will be published in major newspapers serving and surrounding the workforce region and via email and regular mail to organizations on GNBWIB’s bidders list. The RFP will be published on the GNBWIB website: https://www.gnbwib.org.

Proposals must meet the requirements listed in the RFP and be submitted by the proposal due date and time of Friday, March 20, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Proposals must meet the following requirements to be considered valid and will be rejected if not in compliance with these requirements.

Request for RFP Schedule

January 19, 2018         Public Notice regarding dates of RFP

January 19, 2018         RFPs released at 9 a.m.

January 29, 2018         Bidders Conference

January 29, 2018         Written Question Deadline

February 1, 2018         Responses issued to written questions and bidders conference questions

March 20, 2018           Proposals due at 2 p.m.

March 20, 2018          Public Opening of Proposals at 3 p.m. and Proposals distributed to GNBWIB review team

March-April 2018        Evaluation Committee Meets

April 4, 2018                Recommendations submitted by review team to Performance and Oversight Committee

April 19, 2018              Recommendations presented to Executive Committee

April 20, 2018              Written notification of awards

April – June 2018     Appeals (if required)

May – June 2018      Transition

July 1, 2018             New contract active

Copies of the RFP can be secured by visiting the GNBWIB website at gnbwib.org and selecting Resources and Request for Proposals link or by contacting the Executive Director, James D. Oliveira at joliveira@gnbwib.org.