The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation invites proposals from consultants to manage the walkway’s community initiatives
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has released two Requests for Proposals for Qualified Entities to lead the creation of comprehensive economic development strategic plans in the 29 counties and dozens of cities along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor in Virginia and North Carolina .
Together, the Foundation and the selected entity or entities will engage community leaders along the parkway to determine realistic and effective strategies to improve tourism and related economic development.
This strategic planning work for the boardwalk gateway communities is made possible through two grants to the US Economic Development Administration Foundationunder the American Rescue Plan Act 2021. One grant and its associated RFP will support efforts along the Virginia portion of the Parkway, and the other grant and RFP will support work along the North Carolina portion of the boardwalk.
For each effort, the responsibilities of the selected entity or entities will include project planning and management, research and analysis, identification and engagement of diverse audiences, meeting logistics and facilitation, communications and writing. The project timeline will likely be between nine and 15 months.
Anyone interested in receiving the full RFP for either or both projects should email Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, at [email protected] with “Gateway Community RFP” in the subject line. Complete proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, August 5, 2022. Any questions regarding either or both RFPs should be submitted via email to [email protected] by 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, July 15, 2022, also with “Gateway Community RFP” in the subject line. Project and RFP information is also available online at BRPFoundation.org/GatewayCommunityRFP.
Consulting entities are invited to submit proposals for either or both planning efforts. Any applicant submitting proposals for both projects must submit a separate proposal for each project and also indicate whether or not they wish to undertake both projects simultaneously. The Foundation will not accept or consider any single proposal that attempts to respond to both RFPs.
Since 1997, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has provided over $20 million in support of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supports initiatives along the 469-mile route, including historic and cultural preservation, environmental protection, visitor amenities, education and awareness. The Foundation’s work includes programming at Blue Ridge Music Center on the boardwalk, and the award-winning, nationally Children in parks program.
The Foundation has offices in Asheville and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Roanoke and Galax, Virginia. For more information, visit BRPFoundation.org.