September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm #160450
We are branching out into public work. Do those of you who do it register with every municipal agency, have a source that consolidates and publishes RFQ/RFP’s,Subscribe to buisness journals etc? We are finding most of what we can find is outdated by a few months at least, and are hard pressed to get in the pipeline for new design RFQ/RFP’s. Any feedback would be great.
JeffOctober 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm #160455
I realize this is an older post, but thought I’d offer my suggestions. Generally state laws require RFP/RFQ be “published”, this means you can find them in the legal sections of local newspapers. I check the local newspaper’s website as well as the websites of the agencies themselves directly.
The easier way I’ve discovered is to get involved with government on a local level. I live in a small town, and figured with my education/background I could be a helpful member of the city Planning and Zoning Commission. I started this position over a year ago, when I worked out of town. Since being laid-off in February, the relationships I’ve developed volunteering have helped immensely. I have good working relationships with the other members of the board, usually involved members of the community in various capacities, as well as the city staffers overseeing P&Z. It is amazing how often local officials network with their counterparts in other agencies, and being familiar with them they know I am always looking for work, I generally hear if anything I might be interested in is going on nearly anywhere in the vicinity.October 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm #160454
There are any number of web sites, subscription based, where state, federal and municipal rfp’s are listed. I have not found one that has everything… I usually check three or four different ones when I’m in the mood.
You can search without a subscription, but you can’t see the details. Often a Google search on the name of the rfp will lead you to the details elsewhereOctober 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm #160453
Thanks Scott and Rob. I appreciate the feedback and your taking the time to respond.October 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm #160452
I do a search about once a week by going to the various City websites for the communities we’re near by. I search within each site, or look for a bid/RFP menu somewhere. Then I bookmark the actual RFP advertisement page so it only takes a few minutes to browse through them all.
I find that’s a pretty decent approach to keep your eye on local municipal work. Hope it helps!October 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm #160451
I am starting that very process. Thanks for the suggestion.
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