ONEIDA CO., N.Y. — Notice is hereby given that proposals will be received by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oneida County until 4:00 PM, Monday, October 16, 2017 for completion of a farmers to consumers feasibility study.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a known and trusted educational resource with over a 100-year history in Oneida County. The mission of CCE is to improve the lives of our constituents through educational partnerships that put scholarship and local knowledge to work. We address the social and economic challenges of the region and play an important role in creating an even more promising and prosperous future for the people of Oneida County!
Cornell Cooperative Extension is seeking to contract with an experienced individual and/or organization to complete a “Farmers to Consumers” feasibility study to help identify resources and specific data based strategies for food distribution related to the development of a virtual food network to support a comprehensive local foods and “Farm to Consumers” initiative. The study will include the economic assessment of the existing local food producers and systems, data development, an economic impact analysis, and the identification of barriers and opportunities within the food system of Oneida County. The study will identify the framework for a virtual food network and strategic “Farm to Institution” opportunities for farmers, distributors, aggregators, buyers and others along the food supply chain, with an emphasis on cooperation vs. competition to help ensure that all producers (especially small and midsize) are provided with the technical assistance and infrastructure they need to grow and prosper.
Scope of Services
CCE is interested in retaining a qualified individual and/or organization to create the framework for a virtual food network and the feasibility and local capacity for the network to support a Farm to Consumers initiative that will enable agri-businesses to retain and create jobs. The successful applicant will work with CCE, a Mohawk Valley Food Policy Advisory Council Steering Committee and various task groups to:
- Complete an assessment of existing local food systems to include interviews with key members of the food supply chain
- Compile essential data and develop a food system asset map.
- Create the framework for a virtual food network to support a “farm to Consumer” initiative.
Required Elements in Response / Response Format
Organizations or individuals responding to the RFP shall provide the following information within their proposal. Only complete submittals will be evaluated.
A. Cover Letter
Respondents should submit a cover letter expressing their interest.
The response shall contain, at a minimum, the following information:
Individuals and organizations must identify the key individual(s) to be assigned to the project (by name and position) and describe their/your specific work experience, educational background and length of tenure with the organization, if applicable. Answers to the following may apply to your organization and/or the key individual.
- Provide examples of feasibility studies and/or related projects completed and discuss their successes.
- Submit names, addresses and phone numbers of three (3) professional references familiar with your ability, experience and reliability in the performance and management of marketing, design and branding similar to this proposal.
- Explain how you gauge the success of a feasibility study (What benchmarks do you propose to be used to measure your performance?)
- Acknowledge your ability to be available to attend meeting and participate in associated work groups.
QUALIFICATIONS 30 POINTS
RELATED EXPERIENCE 30 POINTS
KNOWLEDGE OF AGRIBUSINESS 30 POINTS
ABILITY TO PERFORM 10 POINTS
This RFP is a solicitation and not an offer to contract. CCE reserves the right to issue clarifications and other directives concerning this RFP, to make and issue modifications to the RFP timeline, to require clarification or further information with respect to any proposal received and to determine the final scope and terms of any contract and whether to enter any contract. The provisions herein confer no rights, duties or entitlements to any respondents. No reimbursement will be made by CCE for any costs incurred prior to an executed contract.
Proposal must be postmarked and by mail or hand delivered no later than 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 16, 2017 in a sealed envelope addressed to:
Mary Beth McEwen
Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County
121 Second Street
Oriskany, NY 13424
Any late responses will not be considered and will be returned unopened. Faxed or emailed proposals will not be accepted.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oneida County
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