Proponents are forbidden to contact personnel within the government during the assessment of their proposal, other than the Procurement Director as stated in Question number 14.
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A written proposal for a qualifying project that is received by a local government and is not in response to any request for proposal for a qualifying project issued by a local government.
A “qualifying project” as defined broadly under the PPFIA. Specifically, the PPFIA defines a “qualifying project” as any project selected in response to a request for a local government or submitted by a private entity as an unsolicited proposal in accordance with the PPFIA and subsequently reviewed and approved by a local government, within its sole discretion, as meeting a public purpose or public need.
Projects involving generation of electric energy or sale, communications services, cable and video services and water reservoir projects.
A valid unsolicited proposal must-
Please visit http://www.augustaga.gov/679/Procurement for more information.
Only proposals complying with the requirements of these guidelines and the PPFIA that contain sufficient information for a meaningful evaluation and that are provided in an appropriate format shall be considered by Augusta, Georgia for further review. If any information necessary to make a meaningful evaluation is missing, Augusta, Georgia may request such information from the proposer. Unsolicited proposals may be subject to the Open Records Act.
Yes, there is a cost (fee)
The initial proposal-processing fee is $100.00 and a cashier's check in this amount must accompany all Unsolicited Proposals. This fee is charged to offset the cost of the initial proposal-processing review, and is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the proposal is determined to merit further consideration. This amount is subject to annual adjustment to reflect inflation or in response to market conditions. The current fee will be updated as necessary and available on Augusta, Georgia's website.
The detailed evaluation fee applies only to proposals that are determined to merit further consideration. At such time, that Augusta, Georgia reaches such a determination, the proposer will be notified, and the amount of the detailed evaluation fee identified. In response to this notification, the proposer may pay the detailed evaluation fee to proceed with the procurement process, or withdraw its proposal from further consideration without incurring any additional cost or obligation.
The amount of the detailed evaluation fee will vary with the estimated cost of the proposed project, product, or service, as described in the table below, to reflect the degree of complexity of the proposed project and the corresponding level of effort associated with the detailed evaluation.
DETAILED EVALUATION FEE
$1 Million -
$500 Million - $1 Billion
Proponents are expected to meet their own costs as proposals progress through the various stages of the process.
Time Period. Unsolicited proposals for qualifying projects will be received by the Augusta, Georgia. Proposals will be received by 3:00 PM Monday thru Friday beginning on the first business day of JANUARY and ending on the last business day of MARCH of each year. Such unsolicited proposals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to:
The Director of Procurement
Augusta Procurement Department
535 Telfair Street - Room 605
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Format for Submissions. Unsolicited proposals shall contain, at a minimum, the following information: (a) a project description, (b) a project feasibility statement, (c) a proposed project schedule, (d) a project financing plan, (e) a business case statement that shall include a basic description of any direct and indirect benefits that the private entity can provide in delivering the project, including relevant cost, quality, methodology, and process for identifying the project and time frame data, (f) a description of any anticipated public support or opposition, (g) qualifications and experience (h) names and addresses of persons who may be contact and (i) any additional information as the local government may reasonably request to comply with the requirements of the PPFIA. Proposals should be prepared simply and economically, providing a concise description of the proposer’s capabilities to complete the proposed qualifying project and the benefits to be derived from the project by the local government. Such proposals may also include any additional pertinent information as determined by the proposer.
Please visit: http://www.augustaga.gov/unsolicitedproposal
Under Senate Bill 59 of the Guide states that proposals for projects where a tender process has formally commenced, whether published or not, are unlikely to be considered.
No, Augusta’s Procurement Department will receive all proposals.
An unsolicited proposal can be a valuable means for communicating innovative ideas to Augusta, Georgia. If a proposal does not satisfy the assessment criteria set out in the Guide but Augusta sees merit in the proposal (or similar), the government may consider offering delivery of the proposal to the market.
In the event that a competitive tender process is considered appropriate, the government will respect any intellectual property of the proponent. The proponent may participate in any procurement process.
Please review the following sections in the Augusta, Code for more details:
SEC. 1-10-72 Request for Proposals
SEC. 1-10-73 Procedures for Posting and Publishing Notice of the Opportunity to offer competing proposals
The timeframe for each stage of the unsolicited proposals process is subject to the complexity of the proposal and the number of stakeholders involved.
For the purposes of evaluating a proposal, proponents should complete the required information as listed in stages one and two of the Guidelines and review the Augusta, Georgia Code.
Please visit: http://www.augustaga.gov/unsolicitedproposal
No, there is no minimum monetary threshold for proposals that can be assessed. All innovative proposals that address the assessment criteria under the Guide will be considered.
All unsolicited proposals submitted are confidential unless they reach Stage III of the process where brief details of the proposal will be published on Augusta, Georgia website. However, please note “Georgia Open Records Act” may apply.
See Augusta Code: Sec. 1-10-71 Procedures for Determining Release of Information in Unsolicited Proposal Georgia Open Record Act
Augusta will respect any intellectual property of proponents throughout all stages of the unsolicited proposals process.
Proponents are able to submit any additional documentation or material with their unsolicited proposal application, provided that such material is relevant to addressing the questions raised in the Schedule of Information Requirements.
Proponents that are unsuccessful in Phase 2 of the unsolicited proposals process will be given reasons on why Augusta, Georgia has decided not to proceed with their proposal. Feedback will be in accordance with the assessment criteria outlined in the Guidelines.