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RFP

Two-Year State and Federal Government Relations Services

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is requesting proposals from firms to provide government relations services. The purpose of this solicitation is to procure professional services for building and maintaining relationships with policy makers and their staff, advancing the URA’s legislative priorities, and securing competitive state and federal funding. This may include, but not limited to, direct assistance with legislative drafting, grant writing, and navigating both legislative and administrative processes.

September 30, 2022
November 15, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET

RFP Details

Please direct any questions to David Geiger, Senior Advisor, through Ion Wave Technologies by October 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM. All final submissions should be received through Ion Wave Technologies (IWT).

General Information

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is requesting proposals from firms to provide government relations services. The purpose of this solicitation is to procure professional services for building and maintaining relationships with policy makers and their staff, advancing the URA’s legislative priorities, and securing competitive state and federal funding. This may include, but not limited to, direct assistance with legislative drafting, grant writing, and navigating both legislative and administrative processes.

The URA plans to hire one or more respondents to provide government relations services for calendar years 2023 and 2024. This two (2) year contract term will include an optional 2-year extension.

Background

The URA was established in 1946 under the Pennsylvania Urban Redevelopment Law and serves as the City of Pittsburgh's community and economic development partner. To fill gaps in the development and lending markets, the URA created strategic affiliate organizations. Currently, URA affiliates include the Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation (PHDC); the Pittsburgh Economic & Industrial Development Corporation (PEIDC); Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives (PUI); Invest PGH (IPGH); and the Pittsburgh Land Bank (PLB).

Representation of the URA’s interests will include representing the interests of our affiliate organizations. The URA is a government authority with approximately 100 employees. While the URA is a legal entity separate and distinct from the City of Pittsburgh, only considered to be a component unit of the City for financial statement purposes, the Authority still works closely with the City in fulfilling its redevelopment activities. A key source of funding for URA-related projects and programs is through competitive, intergovernmental grants and loans.  

Additional information regarding the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh may be found on this website.

Process Timeline

September 30, 2022 - RFP Application Opens

October 21, 2022 - RFP Question Submissions Due

November 15, 2022 - Proposal Submissions Due

November 16 - Dec 1, 2022 - Interviews (if deemed necessary)

December 8, 2022 - URA Board Authorization of Contract

December 22, 2022 - Execution of Contract

Januart 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024 - Original Contract Period

This schedule is subject to change, and any changes will be reflected on this website. The due date of the RFP will not be changed without notice on this website.

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