The state of California will soon be starting work on one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the United States: the California High-Speed Rail project. Designed to travel at speeds exceeding 200 mph (which will enable travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than 3 hours), this state-of-the-art rail system will be the first of its kind to be built in the United States. Upon completion, the project will connect up to 24 stations spread throughout California, opening up new opportunities for job creation and business in many regions of the state. [i]
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Managing state services throughout New York is a massive responsibility entrusted to The Office of General Services (OGS). The OGS was established in 1960 to provide support services for the New York State government; since then their responsibilities have grown to include management of state property, construction projects, state tours and procurement. With a focus on delivering value and maximizing cost-effectiveness, the Office of General Services is always working to modernize and improve their processes to ensure the needs of the state are met.
The City of Chicago is home to approximately 2.7 million people and is the third-largest city in the United States. On January 1st 2017 the city’s new $9.8 billion budget went into effect, a substantial increase over the previous year’s $9.3 billion. A key component of the new budget is an increase in funding for Chicago’s Public Safety departments, including nearly $53 million to pay for the hiring and training of 900 new police officers over the next two years. [i]
In the United States, the correctional system is big business. The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) operates 149 facilities statewide that collectively house approximately 98,000 inmates and employ more than20,000 people. With an annual operating budget of $2.4 billion, the FDC is the third-largest prison system in the country. [i] A portion of the FDC’s budget is used to maintain a vast system of educational and life-skills programs for inmates to support their rehabilitation. In addition to preparing inmates for their return to society, these programs create many profitable opportunities for businesses that are interested in providing goods and services to the FDC.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was created through an interstate compact authorized by the United States Congress in 1921. Its founding mission - to facilitate transit through the region by providing reliable transportation infrastructure for commuters, visitors, and cargo carriers - is more important today than ever before. The Port Authority must ensure that their facilities are in good condition to meet the transportation needs of the people and businesses of the tri-state area.
Vendors interested in doing business with the city of Louisville, Kentucky, must register with the Louisville Metro Government’s Procurement Portal. During registration, the city encourages vendors to submit the NIGP commodity/service codes that match their business. This will allow vendors to receive notifications of open bids that match their service offers.[i]
Vendors who would like to bid on city contracts for Wichita, Kansas must first register with the city through the Vendor Services portal, where they will be asked to provide company information (name, address and Tax ID number) as well as details about the products and services they sell. After registering, vendors will then begin to receive bid notices for contract opportunities. Vendors may also use the vendor services portal to view solicitations, download bid specifications, review bid results and awards and view contracts and blanket purchase orders established by the city.[i]
Vendors who would like to bid on city contracts for Grand Rapids, Michigan, must first register with the city’s Vendor Self Service portal. After registering, vendors will then begin to receive bid notifications for Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposals and Request for Quotes. The portal also allows vendors to submit invoices and receive payment. Registering with the city is free and all a vendor needs to begin the registration process is either their tax identification number (TIN) or social security number. [i]
One half of what is known as the “Twin Cities,” alongside the city of St. Paul, Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and home to more than 400,000 people. The city is a vital link to the economy primarily because the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is the second-largest economic center in the Midwest after Chicago.
Little Rock is both the capital of Arkansas and the state’s biggest city, home to a population of nearly 200,000. Little Rock is known as a cultural, economic, governmental and transportation hub for Arkansas and the southern states in general. Recognized by Forbes as a great place to do business, Little Rock is a welcoming market for vendors to begin bidding on local government contracts.