Among civic leaders and engineering professionals alike, there is little argument that America’s infrastructure is in need of improvement and rehabilitation. This is especially true in Alabama, where the state’s infrastructure has been deemed “structurally deficient.”[i] In particular, the city of Mobile has for many years ignored its crumbling infrastructure, which is suffering under a backlog of $250 million worth of major repairs. Mobile is located on Alabama's coast, directly in the well-worn path of many severe storms. It is no wonder that the infrastructure in the Mobile area is much in need of repair.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson, who was a Civil Engineer before becoming an elected official, has been focused on upgrading the city’s infrastructure through a capital improvement plan. Under his leadership the city has allocated $21 million per year to make repairs to its crumbling infrastructure and, so far, the plan is working.[ii] As the city continues to focus on fixing its infrastructure, vendors can be sure to find many bid opportunities relating to construction in Mobile and the surrounding areas.
Becoming a Registered Vendor
Vendors interested in doing business with the City of Mobile first need to register with the city’s Vendor Self Service Portal. Vendors are also encouraged to add their commodity codes, so they receive bid notifications for opportunities that match the services they provide.
Before submitting a bid for a construction project, vendors may be required to pre-qualify in order to request the bid documents. Once vendors submit their pre-qualification requests and are deemed eligible, they can then submit a proposal for the project. Some projects may also require that pre-qualified vendors attend a mandatory pre-bid conference where they may be asked to visit the site location, find out more information about the project or asked to provide suggestions or further information relating to the project.
Finding Construction Bids
Construction is a top industry when it comes to government bids. Finding the right bids for your business can be time consuming and overwhelming, which is why using a bid intelligence company is a great solution for those businesses that would like to find more projects to bid on but don’t have the time to search through hundreds of bids from various sources.
When you become a member of a bid intelligence company such as BidNet, not only can you search for bids on your own by filtering your search parameters, but you will receive a daily notification that summarizes only the bids relevant to your business along with any accompanying bid documents. These notifications are based on your specific criteria and codes that match your business, allowing you to be able to quickly scan through the bids and see which ones you would like to submit a proposal to, which can help to increase your chances of winning more contracts.
[i] A. Fogel. Let's Have a Real Debate About Rebuilding Alabama's Infrastructure. AL.com. 22 Mar. 2018. Web. 5 Oct. 2018
[ii] E. Monks, S. Vajjhala. A Road Map to Tackle America’s Infrastructure Maintenance Crisis from Mobile, Alabama. 9 Nov. 2017. Brookings.edu. 5 Oct. 2018