Request for Proposals for Business District Consultant Services

by Jessica Vargas on December 13, 2018

Federal Boulevard between Alameda and Mississippi in Southwest Denver is home to a concentration of multicultural businesses, employees and customers, primarily Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, and other immigrant entrepreneurs. In recognition of this strong cultural heritage, the area was designated as the “Little Saigon Business District” in 2014, with the aim of supporting local businesses, and providing a clean, safe, and attractive environment for people visiting the area.

WalkDenver is partnering with the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC) and the Vietnamese American Community of Colorado (VACC) on a “Friends of Little Saigon” initiative, focused on community beautification, stewardship of the pedestrian environment, and strategic steps that can support existing small businesses to thrive and stay on Federal Boulevard.

The team is now seeking a Consultant to support a feasibility study of a potential Business Improvement District (BID) or other mechanism that can support implementation and maintenance of public improvements in the area. The Consultant will work with WalkDenver, WDRC, and a “Friends of Little Saigon” Steering Committee to determine potential costs of desired improvements; develop and evaluate scenarios for establishing a BID and/or other funding mechanism (such as TIF); support a dialogue with businesses and property owners about the benefits and challenges associated with a BID or other funding mechanism and help build consensus around a preferred scenario; and prepare a draft operating plan for a BID, and/or similar documentation required for another funding mechanism. Read more about the project and submission requirements at the link below. Please email any questions to Jill Locantore. Final submittals are due by 5.00 PM on January 4, 2019.

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