County EDPT Release Community Visioning Consultant Request for Proposal

News from Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, Posted on Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:41am

With funding made available by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Cattaraugus County is currently accepting proposals for Community Visioning Consultant that will develop and complete three area wide community assessments (four areas that include seven municipalities); facilitate a two day intensive training for municipal leaders, and follow-up assistance for municipalities in Cattaraugus County. The community assessments will be used to further economic development by providing baseline data or a foundation for the community development efforts. The contractor will be required to provide an “Assessment Findings & Suggestions Report,” for each of the seven municipalities which will provide a baseline for the communities branding, product development, and marketing efforts. The assessment will show the communities what they look like from the eyes of a first-time visitor, and may uncover things you simply don’t even notice, but that visitors do. For every shortcoming that is noted, a low-cost solution will be provided in the report.

“The purpose of this project is to provide an opportunity for all municipalities in Cattaraugus County to develop a community vision, motivate community members and business owners to think about positive changes, and to develop a community improvement plan,” says Crystal Abers, Director for the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism. “The community visions developed from this project will guide municipal goal-setting, actions, policies, and development of comprehensive plans, by providing context for understanding community concerns, prioritizing issues, determining action steps and identifying indicators to measure progress.

The Community Development Initiative has two main components. The first is a two day intensive training opportunity for all 43 municipalities in Cattaraugus County to develop a community vision, motivate community members and business owners to think about positive changes, and to develop a community improvement plan. The purpose of the workshop is to address the challenge of revitalization of the County’s community centers. The workshop will provide the opportunity to learn the skills and tools such as Placemaking, Community Beautification, and Complete Streets to build stronger more vibrant community centers.

The second component will be the Community Assessment of three areas in Cattaraugus County. The Area Wide Assessment will be a fresh, objective viewpoint – a thorough review of the communities through the eyes of a first- time visitor. The assessment will provide an unbiased overview of the community – how it is seen by a visitor; and a review of local marketing efforts, signage, attractions, critical mass, retail mix, ease of getting around, customer service, visitor amenities such as parking and public restrooms, overall appeal, and the community’s ability to attract overnight visitors.

This Request for Proposal represents requirements for an open competitive process. For those interested in applying, the RFP can be downloaded at www.cattco.org/bid-request/community-development-initiative-6654. Proposals will be accepted until 4pm EST August 30th, 2017. Any proposals received after this date and time will be returned to the sender. Proposals can be submitted either by mail or electronically to:

Kate O’Stricker

Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism

303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY 14755

kmostricker [at] cattco [dot] org

For more information, please contact our office at 716-938-2320 or by email at kmostricker [at] cattco [dot] org.