Request for Qualifications for

Request for Qualifications for Broadband Engineering Services

The Mercer County Commission in Mercer County, West Virginia is in the process of selecting a consultant to provide design and project management services pertaining to the Cumberland Industrial Park Broadband Expansion Project. The project will provide for the installation of broadband enhancements to the businesses located at the Cumberland Industrial Park in Bluefield, West Virginia. The Cumberland Industrial Park is located 1.3 miles east of the junction of I-77 and John Nash Boulevard (WV Route 290/1).

All materials, maps, reports and data generated through this project shall remain the property of the Mercer County Commission. Data will also be provided to the State of West Virginia, West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council, in electronic and paper format.

The Mercer County Commission will provide: The location of communications towers in the project area; access to GIS data, including maps showing telecommunications assets as reported to the State Office of GIS Coordination; FiberLocator data; and internet speed test data as reported by the West Virginia Speed Test Portal via the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council.

The selected consultant shall be retained throughout all stages of the project, including design and construction. All consultants interested in being considered for this project must submit a proposal detailing qualifications, technical expertise, management and staffing capabilities, and related prior experience.
The Consultant selection process shall be in compliance with the WV Code 5G.

Interested firms must submit 1 original, 5 hard copies, and 1 digital format submission of all requested information to: Mercer County Commission, 1501 West Main Street, Princeton, WV 24740 no later than Friday, August 16th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Should there be any questions please contact Jeff Raines at (304) 431-7225 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. M-F. It is the responsibility of the respondent to ensure the receipt of the proposal by the date and time specified.

Attention is directed to the fact that this project is funded through a CDBG grant, under HUD regulations for Construction of Public Improvements, 24 CFR 570.201-204. The selected firm will be required to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, Section 109 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1974, Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, Conflict of Interest Statement and Access to Records provisions and all other requirements as related to HUD-funded projects. The project will be implemented by a local project management team. Additional resources may be obtained through the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council and the State Office of GIS Coordination. The team will provide oversight and direction to the consulting entity selected. All work will be performed in accordance with the regulations issued by the previously referenced agencies and the State of West Virginia appertaining hereto.

The Mercer County Commission will afford full opportunity for minority business enterprises to submit a show of interest in response to this invitation and will not discriminate against any interested firm or individual on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin in the contract award.

The Mercer County Commission reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all qualifications.

Gene Buckner, President
Mercer County Commission

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