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The West Virginia Economic Development Council was created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industry to West Virginia. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole functions of promoting economic development and serving economic development professionals across West Virginia. Please browse our site to find out more about our commitment to the communities, businesses, and economy of West Virginia. Thank you, and enjoy your visit.

July 17, 2015

WVEDC Board of Directors

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Friday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the WV Manufacturers Association in Charleston.


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Policy& Progress Business Forum in Bluefield - Co-sponsored by WVEDC and eligible for 4 LED credits.  More information here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=81C186F4AA650C3A64864173CAF866B9.worker_registrant?llr=immos8qab&oeidk=a07eb75l17jb2e616df


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RFP for WVEDC WV Representative/Lobbyist This document is a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Charleston, WV Representative/Lobbyist on behalf of the West Virginia Economic Development Council (WVEDC) Please submit your proposal no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015 to: West Virginia Economic Development Council 330 East Main Street, Suite 100 Kingwood, WV 26537 Attn: Robbie Baylor, President I.  ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW The WVEDC is a 501(c)6 membership organization created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industry to West Virginia. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole functions of promoting economic development and serving economic development professionals across West Virginia. The WVEDC has evolved from the West Virginia Industrial Development Association (WVIDA) which was created in 1961 through the efforts of some sixteen railroads and public utilities. Today, our professional membership represents both the private and public sectors from utilities and railroads as well as from banks, local development authorities, private industry, regional planning and development councils, and local, state and federal government. Successful economic development requires a coordinated, cooperative effort of many individuals and organizations from both the public and private sectors. The West Virginia Economic Development Council brings those persons responsible together, and allows for the creation of a unified, overall program of economic development in West Virginia. II. PURPOSE OF RFP WVEDC currently has a need for a Charleston Representative/lobbyist to partner with WVEDC board and membership to execute WVEDC’s agenda.  WVEDC is seeking proposals from interested qualified individuals/firms to provide legislative representation and regulatory support on a contract basis. As WVEDC’s Charleston Representative/lobbyist, Contractor will work with WVEDC’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and membership to advise, monitor, recommend and implement our strategy for the purpose of advancing WVEDC’s status as an economic development organization and otherwise monitoring and representing the interests of WVEDC before the legislators, Department of Commerce and other agencies as they pertain to economic development. The duties and responsibilities of the Charleston Representative/lobbyist are attached. This RFP is for a one-year contact commencing upon award, with options to extend at the discretion of WVEDC. III.  SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS The submission requirements for this RFP are set forth below. To be considered responsive, a proposal must contain the following, referenced by the number and in the order below: 1. A brief description of the history and organization of the bidder’s firm/business. 2. Copies of business licenses, professional certifications or other credentials, together with evidence that bidder is in good standing and qualified to conduct business in West Virginia. 3. A description of similar contracts held by the bidder over the past three (3) years. 4. A complete list of current clients. 5. Qualifications, background and experience of the key staff proposed to work on the project. 6. References with contact information from organizations that have used bidder’s services for similar projects/installations. 7. A general description of the techniques, approaches and methods to be used in serving in this role. 8. A detailed cost proposal. IV.  QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RFP Questions regarding the RFP may be addressed in writing to Robbie Baylor at . V.  BASIS FOR AWARD OF CONTRACT Cost and ability to accomplish deliverables. Role and Responsibilities of WVEDC Charleston Representative Identify and contact potential partners on issues/legislation Provide reports at WVEDC Annual meeting and Legislative meeting Identify and monitor legislation that impacts WVEDC and its members Provide timely analysis of relevant committee meetings and legislation to facilitate discussions and actions Analysis should be specific, provide political ramifications and identify pros and cons of each Work with WVEDC Legislative Committee and Board to create comments and advocacy messages Provide written report to WVEDC monthly Arrange visits with Senators/Delegates and other officials as requested Attend committee and interim meetings on behalf of WVEDC and provide written reports Attend WVEDC Board meetings as requested Provide ongoing advice to WVEDC Board regarding legislative issues


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