RFP

2020 Bidders’ Conference

The NWDB’s Bidders’ Conference was held on February 12, 2020 at 26 Franklin Street, Bangor, Maine.  Participation was encouraged but not mandatory. Bidders were asked to submit their questions either in hard copy or electronically by 4:00pm EST on February 12, 2020 to Joanna Russell, Executive Director, NWDB.

Due to an oversight on the Budget and Implementation Plan for both the Youth Services and the Adult and Dislocated Worker Services, we are providing all bidders with a revised Rider D template.  Please find the revised Budget and Implementation Plans below along with all answered questions submitted to the NWDB.

Northeastern Workforce Development Board Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act – Funding Adults/Dislocated Worker Services and/or Youth Services

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board (NWDB) is one of Maine’s three Local Workforce Development Boards established to provide direction and oversight of Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) service delivery throughout the state.

The Northeastern region includes Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington counties.

To date, the NWDB has successfully integrated its workforce system and programs by building upon a base of strong collaborations with other organizations. The NWDB is requesting proposals with new innovative ideas for programs that demonstrate high performance in WIOA service delivery, efficiencies in administration and operations, creative uses of technology, social media, and information management. Additionally, the NWDB is looking for collaborative strategies to strengthen and expand WIOA services delivery in alignment with economic development and direct connection to businesses throughout the Northeastern region.

The NWDB, in collaboration and partnership with the Chief Elected Officials of Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington counties developed RFPs for Adult/Dislocated Worker service delivery and Youth service delivery. The following schedule has been established.

January 31, 2020RFP solicitations are published
February 12, 2020Bidders’ Conference is held from 2:30pm- 4:00pm EST
February 18, 2020Conference response posting
March 6, 2020Proposals are due 4:00pm EST
March 18, 2020Finalist presentations if needed
March 27, 2020Successful bidder is announced
April 3, 2020Appeal Letter Due by 4pm EDT
July 1, 2020Contractors begin PY 2020

Interested parties should check the NWDB’s website to access the RFPs and revisit regularly for updates; https://www.northeasternwdb.org/news/. Questions about the RFP or review process may be submitted in-person at the Bidder’s Conference on February 12, 2020 at 26 Franklin Street, Bangor, ME from 2:30pm to 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), or the bidder may submit their questions electronically between the dates of January 31, 2020 and February 12, 2020 by 4:00pm EST to Joanna Russell, Executive Director, NWDB (JRussell@northeasternwdb.org). No phone calls please.

All questions will be responded to in written format and published on https://www.northeasternwdb.org/news/ by 4:00pm EST on February 18, 2020. No questions will be accepted after the time period designated above.

While participating in the Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Bidder’s Conference is not mandatory, it is encouraged. For those who are planning to attend, please RSVP to JRussell@northeasternwdb.org by Tuesday, February 11, 2020 by 4:00pm EST with the following information: (a) your contact information including phone number and full email address; and, (b) how many representatives from your organization or from partner organizations will be attending. Please provide your questions in writing. The NWDB will provide a Zoom link (video and/or telephone conference opportunity) to participants who have rsvp’d for the bidders’ conference.

The Bidder’s Conference will be held from 2:30pm – 4:00pm EST on February 12, 2020 at the NWDB office located at 26 Franklin Street, Bangor, ME.

Proposals are due March 6, 2020 by 4:00pm EST and will be opened at 4:00pm EST on March 6, 2020 at the NWDB office located at 26 Franklin Street, Bangor, ME.

Throughout the entire RFP schedule, no Northeastern Workforce Development Board member, NWDB staff, or Chief Elected Official for the region may be sought out for advice or assistance. Such communication will constitute grounds for eliminating a proposal submission from consideration.

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board and/or Chief Elected Officials for the region reserve the right to amend the RFP process and/or the RFP schedule without advance notification.

RFP and Related Documents

TEGL 19-16: Guidance on Services provided through the Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs: https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL_19-16.pdf

Informational Links