David Beach | 02/10/10 @ 4:00pm
The City of Cleveland is seeking a consulting firm to help develop a strategic vision and plan for the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 process. The work will help set priorities by evaluating the hundreds of ideas generated by the Sustainable Cleveland Summit last August and determining which ones have the best chance of strengthening the local economy.
The request for proposals was released yesterday. Applicants have until March 5 to respond with their ideas for accomplishing the following:
"The strategic vision should include an overall assessment of where Cleveland should be after ten years of working towards transforming our economy into a sustainable economy. The consultant should also outline an organizational approach to oversee and execute the vision. The strategic plan should outline the steps we need to take as a community to get to the vision. The plan should include at a minimum the following areas, with emphasis being placed on the first: business development, local government policy recommendations, workforce development, and marketing and communications.
"The plan should encompass any sector of the economy that can move Cleveland forward, including the traditional sectors of economic development and the non-traditional sectors, like energy generation and food production. The focus of business development should include the greater Cleveland region with the City of Cleveland being the focus. The plan should include policy recommendations that the City of Cleveland can adopt to be a good demonstration model. But it should also focus on policies at the local and state level that can affect the greater community, including the private sector, to invest and commit resources to reinventing the economy. The plan should include analysis and recommendations on how to prepare the workforce for the new economy. The plan should include a strategy for how to market and communicate the vision, the plan, the implementation and the success...Finally, the plan should incorporate metrics of success for each of the focus areas provided (or any provided by the Consultant) and the next steps needed to keep the momentum going.
"There are economic, political and environmental factors that will also need to be taken into account for the consultant to do a complete analysis. Because the larger global economy finds itself in a state of flux and transition, this is an opportunity for the City of Cleveland to reassess where it can achieve economic growth in the new economy. Looking at opportunities and strengths where Cleveland has a competitive advantage over others in the region, nation and world will be essential to the strategic plan. The consultant should integrate other pertinent economic data and analysis, including market trends and market research that fit with Cleveland's competitive advantage. This plan does not require that original economic analysis be generated for this report. However, the consultant should look to the best economic data and analysis available.
"The consultant should also take into account the federal legislation being shepherded through Congress to regulate carbon emissions. Both Cleveland and Ohio are intense carbon users and this strategic plan should look to how Cleveland could shift its focus away from intense carbon use. Finally, because the effects of climate change could change the landscape of our local natural environment, the plan should address areas of economic opportunity whereby Cleveland's economy could benefit in the adaptation or mitigation of climate change. The City has developed a Climate Action Plan for City operations. This along with climate planning work provided by the Green City Blue Lake Institute and other climate action plans developed across the country will help to inform the approach that Cleveland seeks to take in transforming our economy and addressing key environmental challenges such as climate change.
"We will also require that the Consultant develop a set of criteria by which the Office of the Mayor and the 2019 Advisory Council is able to evaluate new initiatives and where public and private dollars can be strategically invested. Finally we will require that the Consultant provide the metrics of success by which the City of Cleveland will be able to track and grade its progress from the implementation of the strategic plan."