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Bid Number: TOC2017 01
Bid Title: RFP for Economic Development Strategic Plan
Category: RFPs
Status: Closed
Bid Recipient: Karen Owens, Director of Communications & Economic Development


The Town of Chapin is accepting Requests for Proposals from qualified service providers to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy for the Town that will be the product of a local planning process and will be designed to guide the Town toward future economic growth.

Components of the plan would include the following:

  • A detailed market analysis of the area to identify commercial and industrial opportunities as well as regional retail leakages.
  • A peer town review of economic development activities in communities (in-state and out-of-state) with similar socio-economic, growth and development characteristics.
  • A commercial building stock survey to assess status of condition, building tenure and ownership.
  • An inventory of redevelopment opportunities within the town center and mixed-use districts.
  • A plan of direction as to the best methods and implementation of annexation to grow the Town’s borders and tax base.
  • Any recommendations for the town’s branding and marketing efforts as it relates to economic development efforts.
  • An action plan for coordinating with Lexington County on the recruitment for businesses to the Chapin Business and Technology Park at Brighton.
  • Consideration of the viability of creating of a local Community Development Corporation (CDC) or Downtown Development District to help implement the goals and strategies identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan.
  • Recommendations and renderings of what future development should look like in conjunction with the town’s newly developed overlay districts as detailed in the Zoning Ordinance.

The plan will need to include participation and feedback by key stakeholders, such as the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, Lexington-Richland School District 5, post-secondary education partners, Lexington County economic development, Chapin Community Endowment, local citizens and others with a vested interest in improving Chapin’s attractiveness to potential businesses and residents.

Ultimately, this plan should help create jobs and serve as a mechanism for coordinating the efforts of individuals, organizations, private industry, and local government concerned with the Town of Chapin’s economic development.

Publication Date/Time:
1/13/2017 3:00 PM
Closing Date/Time:
2/17/2017 11:00 AM
Submittal Information:
Proposals shall be submitted to the Town of Chapin no later than February 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST
Bid Opening Information:
February 17, 2017 at 11 am
Contact Person:
Town of Chapin
Attn: Karen Owens
RFP # TOC2017- 01
P.O. Box 183
157 NW Columbia Ave
Chapin, SC 29036
(803) 575-8039

Business Hours:
Mon- Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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The Town will use a combination of objective and subjective criteria to determine each consultant’s suitability to perform this work. Evaluation criteria for the proposals are as follows:
1. Successful experience with similar types of projects (30%)
2. Previous project references (25%)
3. Quality of the proposal and understanding of the work to be completed (20%)
4. Project team and key personnel qualifications (15%)
5. Proposed time schedule and budget (10%)

The Town’s selection committee will review all proposals based on the above stated criteria and expects to interview 2-3 consultant teams. Following the interview process, it is the intention of the Town of Chapin to negotiate a contract with one consultant.

Special Requirements:
The Town of Chapin reserves the right to reject any late or incomplete submission, and all proposals for whatever reason.

Commencement of Services

The successful respondent shall commence the project within 10 days after the award of the contract. The economic development strategic plan should be completed no later than July 31, 2017.

The successful proposer shall obtain a Town of Chapin Business License.

All questions concerning this solicitation must be submitted in writing and directed to the Director of Communications & Economic Development Attn: Karen Owens, or by e-mail, Proper reference to this RFP is required. The deadline for submitting questions is January 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST. Verbal information obtained otherwise will not be considered in the awarding of the proposal.
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