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Public Notice - City of Mount Vernon - 3/18/2021

City of Mount Vernon
Request for Proposal (“RFP”)
For Economic Development Consulting Services
(Reference RFP #2021-0 1)

The City of Mount Vernon, Texas is seeking professional consulting services from either a firm or individual (the “Consultant”) to provide broad based consulting services on an as needed, and project specific, basis. The Consultant will work directly with the City Administrator, City Council, and Economic Development Corporation (the Economic Development Corporation “EDC” is a 4B Corporation under the laws of the State of Texas).
The City of Mount Vernon (the “City”) has a population of 2,662, is located along Interstate 30, and is the County seat of Franklin County. The City is also the gateway to Lake Cypress Springs, and home to the Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center. The Consultant will be expected to work with the above-described entities to develop an economic development strategy and list of priorities. Specifically, the Consultant will be expected to help facilitate the development of a strategy to:
1. Operation of the EDC Office i.e.: Preparing the agenda and board member packets, posting the agenda, maintaining the EDC website, preparing the meeting minutes, the phone and emails would be forwarded to the consultant,
2. Organize and direct the City Council and EDC towards the implementation of goal-specific targets and strategies;
3. Develop and implement business recruitment strategies and plan;
4. Develop a retail/commercial “gap” analysis;
5. Provide an analysis of current incentive agreements and strategies;
6. Provide recommendations for an updated economic development strategy;
7. Provide strategies towards a residential housing development;
8. Provide strategies towards an urgent health care facility; and
9. Assist in aligning the City Council and EDC towards the development and implementation of the above.
The Consultant shall propose a fee structure for the above-referenced scope of services.
Specifically, the Consultant shall reflect services either based on an hourly rate, or a monthly flat fee. Included in the professional services will be the attendance at meetings on an as-needed basis.
The Consultant, if selected, will be required to enter into a Professional Services Contract (the “Contract”), and fill out the required disclosure notices as required by state law. The Contract will be for an indefinite term and will be terminable at will.
Questions regarding this RFP shall be directed to Tina Rose, City Administrator at 903.537.2252, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To submit an RFP:
1. The deadline to submit is Friday, April 23, 2021;
2. The Consultant shall provide 12 physical copies of its proposal;
3. The response to RFP shall be due no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021; and
4. The response to RFP shall be delivered to:
Tina Rose
City Administrator
P.O. Box 597
109 N. Kaufman Street
Mount Vernon, Texas

The City reserves the right to reject any or all responses to the RFP. Further, the City reserves the right to negotiate the compensation structure, as well as modify the scope of services.
RFP opens: Monday, March 15, 2021
RFP closes: Friday, April 23, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.