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ANNOUNCEMENT:  Request for Proposal (RFP) Grant Program Management Services

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Grant Program Management Services

Albemarle Commission ESFRLP Programs

November 15, 2019

Albemarle Commission has hopes to received Essentials Single Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool (ESFRLP) funding from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) to complete housing rehabilitation activities in a designated service area. Albemarle Commission is soliciting proposals for Grant Program Management Services to assist the Albemarle Commission in the management and execution of this project in compliance with all applicable requirements under the NCHFA ESFRLP Program.

Scope of Services:

Grant Program Management services shall include, but are not limited to, standard tasks necessary for the implementation of the project in conformance with the NCHFA Guidelines:

  1. Post Approval Documentation to include Assistance, Procurement & Disbursement Policies
  2. Outreach assistance and evaluation of units for prioritization
  3. Environmental Review in the online Portal
  4. Pre-rehabilitation Inspection to include scope of work investigation
  5. Loan Closing and recording of NCHFA provided loan documents
  6. Development of a work write-up suitable to use for receipt of bids
  7. Cost Estimate base on the work write-up
  8. Project and Construction Management
  9. Post rehabilitation value determination
  10. Radon testing with a commercial radon test kit

The services will not include the disbursement or account of funds distributed by the Albemarle Commission’s financial officer, legal advice, fiscal audits, or assistance with activities not related to the ESFRLP project.

Proposal Submission:

Submissions provided to the Albemarle Commission shall include at a minimum:

  1. Individual or Firm Information:
  • the firm’s legal name, address, and contact information
  • principal(s) of the firm
  • specific individuals responsible for management of the program to include their experience and qualifications
  1. ESFRLP Grant Program Management Experience:
  • description of specialized experience and technical competence of the staff to be assigned to the project with respect to ESFRLP program management,
  • description of firm’s prior housing rehabilitation experience;
  1. Consultant / Firm Capability:
  • description of firm’s current work activities,
  • capability of carrying out all aspects of ESFRLP related activities,
  1. Documentation of compliance with state and federal debarment/ eligibility requirements.

Cost of Soft Cost Services:

Albemarle Commission intends to compensate the Consultant the available soft costs on a per unit basis after payment of LBP testing, Asbestos testing, & first year flood insurance coverage necessary to meet NCHFA Promissory Note requirements.  Albemarle Commission intends for this compensation structure to apply to initially approved units and any additional units approved in the Loan Pool.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals for Program Management services will be evaluated by Albemarle Commission. Proposals will be considered on an equal competitive basis. The following criteria will be used in the evaluation process:

  1. General Qualifications, Competence and Reputation of Firm or Individual Consultant 25 points
  2. Prior ESFRLP Experience of Firm or Individual Consultant                                 25 points
  3. Qualifications of Actively Involved Staff (assigned staff members of Firm or Consultant) 20 points
  4. Ability to Address needs of the Albemarle Commission 15 points
  5. Availability 15 points

The above information should be submitted no later than:

December 02, 2019

3:00 P.M.

Melody Wilkins

Executive Director, Albemarle Commission

512 S Church Street

Hertford, NC 27944

 

For more information, contact

Melody Wilkins

Executive Director, Albemarle Commission

252-404-7094

Albemarle Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites the submission of proposals from minority and women-owned firms. Albemarle Commission invites the submission of proposals from a certified Section 3 business concerns. (Section 3 applies if the contract is over $100,000 for non-construction contracts)

This information is available in Spanish or any other language upon request. Please contact Melody Wilkins, Executive Director at or at 512 South Church St, Hertford, NC 27944 for accommodations for this request.

“Esta información está disponible en español o en cualquier otro idioma bajo petición. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Melody Wilkins, Executive Director al 252-404-7094 o en 512 South Church St, Hertford, NC 27944 de alojamiento para esta solicitud.”

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rural Innovation Initiative Opens Second Round of Technical Assistance for Rural Communities Committed to Building Their Digital Economy

Successful Applicants Will Receive Technical Assistance to Strengthen Their Approach to Entrepreneurship and Digital Jobs, Apply for Federal Funding, and Join a National Network of Rural Innovation Communities

Today, rural communities can begin the competitive application process to join the Rural Innovation Initiative and become part of the second U.S. cohort to advance the creation of digital jobs and entrepreneurship strategies. Details about the initiative and application are available here. The program is made possible via a National Technical Assistance cooperative agreement between the Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The initiative is a technical assistance program supporting rural communities as they execute an innovation hub strategy: an economic development model that works to educate and train local residents in digital skills, employ them in new economy jobs, and empower them to launch startups that will drive their digital economy. The initiative was launched in 2018 by the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and its sister organization, RISI. In addition to the EDA, the Siegel Family Endowment and Walmart are providing funding for the Initiative. Rural LISC and Venable LLP are strategic partners.

“The Rural Innovation Initiative is tapping the vision, energy, and skills of rural communities and working with them to accelerate their transformation into strong economies built on entrepreneurship, digital jobs, and regional collaboration,” said Ann Lichter, CORI director of strategic partnerships. “Now is the time to invest in  these strategies—leveraging broadband and Opportunity Zones—to build vibrant ecosystems for people who want the benefits of meaningful work where there’s also a higher quality of life.”

In February of 2019, RISI selected nine communities for the Rural Innovation Initiative from 130 interested communities. This summer, three of the Rural Innovation Initiative cohort participants were selected to receive highly competitive U.S. EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program – i6 Challenge Grants.

“From the first days of his Administration, President Trump has made it a priority to bring prosperity to rural America,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Dr. John Fleming. “EDA is pleased to support rural communities in strengthening their innovation strategies and developing entrepreneurial ecosystems through the Rural Innovation Initiative and to help drive private investment to these communities through our innovative Regional Innovation Strategies competition and by supporting rural communities as they pursue investment in their Opportunity Zones.”

Eligible communities will be designated rural counties according to U.S. Census definitions or consortiums of rural communities in close geographic proximity to one another. Successful communities will ideally have a combination of the following attributes:

  • Existing high-speed broadband;
  • Significant portions of the community located in or near Opportunity Zones;
  • Partnership with a 4-year endowed residential college or university campus; and
  • Committed local leadership and a willing non-profit organization and/or local and regional government prepared to raise matching funds and lead the initiative.

Successful 2020 participants will receive a range of support, from on-site and video conference time with RISI staff to templates and written resources. RISI will also help them identify partnerships and leverage existing resources.

 

  • The Albemarle Commission Board of Delegates will meet at the Perquimans County Recreation Center, 310 Granby Street, Hertford, North Carolina, 27944 at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st, 2019. 

 

  • US Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability of funds to support disaster-impacted communities under the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program.   This program can advance economic recovery and resiliency.   Eligible communities must be in an area where Presidential disaster declaration was made under the Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act as a result of Hurricane Florence, Michael and other named events during 2018.  Must also propose a project that advances economic resiliency and supports disaster recovery.  EDA will make grant awards for projects that help disaster-impacted communities advance resilience projects.  EDA will support both construction and non-construction projects through this funding opportunity. For more information, please see https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opporunity.html?oppld=319126

 

  • The Northeastern Workforce Development Board congratulates Gates County on demonstrating its commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers and current and future citizens of the county.  Gates County joins Chowan, Perquimans, Washington and Hyde counties in Work Ready Community Certification. Tyrrell and Pasquotank counties are participating counties awaiting goal attainment.

 

  • The Albemarle Commission is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to develop a bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign for our 10 county region consisting of the counties of Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Washington, Tyrrell, Gates, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan. The campaign will include educational outreach, enforcement training and materials, and encouragement efforts. Changing the traffic safety culture, in our region, will be the goal of our campaign.From 2012-2016, 119 pedestrians were injured and 24 killed by motor vehicles in our region. 22 of the 119 pedestrians injured were ages 15 and under. In the same time frame, 92 bicyclists were injured and 7 killed by motor vehicles and 15 of those injured were ages 15 years or younger. We believe outcomes of this campaign will result in fewer pedestrian/motor vehicle and bicyclist/motor vehicles injuries and fatalities in our region.The Request for Proposals announcement can be found here.

 

 

Albemarle Commission’s Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy 2017-2020

Click Here to review the Albemarle Commission’s Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy.  The strategy is updated every 5 years but we present this edition as a 3 year edition because of the nature of the Region’s economy.

 

Albemarle Commission (AC) to Administer Home Repair Funds for Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde & Pasquotank Counties

AC is excited to add home repair financing as an affordable housing offering; the organization has been awarded funds by NC Housing Finance agency to administer home repair in 5 counties though the Essential Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool (ESFLRP).  The ESFLRP finances major home rehabilitation and modifications for households with members who are elderly, have disabilities or are veterans, and whose incomes are below 80 percent of their area’s median.  Homes with led hazards occupied by a child under 7 years old may also qualify.  Please contact Jordan Kearney or Mike Barnette for more details at (252) 753-2139.

 

 

 

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Auxiliary aids & services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

Dismal Swamp

Rural Planning

The Albemarle Rural Planning Organization (ARPO) serves Camden, Chowan,Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

Workforce Development

Our Workforce Development program’s assistance helps to improve our regional employers’ capacity to find and hire well trained employees.

Economic Development

The Albemarle Commission was recognized as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration in 1972.

Area Agency on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over in every local community.