New Contracting Opportunities in Green Infrastructure Construction

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New Contracting Opportunities in Green Infrastructure Construction 

As part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), the SFPUC is building eight innovative green infrastructure projects throughout the City in the next few years. As the SFPUC upgrades its aging combined sewer system, the SFPUC will integrate a mix of green (landscape and streetscape projects to manage stormwater) and grey (pipes, pump stations and other facilities) infrastructure projects to improve its sewer system. This marks the beginning of many green and grey infrastructure projects that will be built over the next 20 years as part of the SSIP.

While these projects require new skills, they open the door to new opportunities for many contractors. The opportunities for green infrastructure work will increase because private developers are also required to incorporate green infrastructure into their projects.

Find out how your company can participate in upcoming green infrastructure projects including upcoming contracts with the City.

WHEN:            May 20th and June 3rd, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 PM

WHERE:          SFPUC Contractors Assistance Center
5 Thomas Mellon Circle, Suite 168, San Francisco, CA 94134

Free Parking

Free Admission

Registration to Follow/Space is Limited. Click here to RSVP.

Small Contractor Mobilization Revolving Loan Fund RFQ

With the assistance of The San Francisco Foundation, the Implementation Committee (IC) for the Core Community Benefits Agreement (CCBA) of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard development is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking statements of qualifications from licensed businesses and organizations that are experienced in providing loans, loan guarantees, and/or financial products to small businesses, particularly small construction contractors.

From the respondents, the IC will select a qualified vendor and negotiate a grant and contract with it to administer a Small Construction Contractor Mobilization Loan Fund targeted to small construction contractors that are historically based in San Francisco’s District 10 and commit to employ 30% of District 10 residents to their workforce. Contractors that are eligible, as defined elsewhere under the eligibility criteria, will have an opportunity to apply to the vendor for loans from the Mobilization Fund.

The IC has set goal to reach $1 million and has contributed an initial capital investment of $250,000 for the Loan Fund.  It is actively seeking additional investments from its partner organizations and intends for the Mobilization Loan Fund to be designed and operated as a revolving loan fund capable of assisting many small contractors over several years.

The objective of the Small Contractor Mobilization Fund is to assist owners of licensed small construction contractors that are historically-based in D10 or owned by D10 residents to acquire short- term, low interest rate financing to support their temporary mobilization capital needs and construction management technical assistance (TA) as they participate in construction projects associated with Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Candlestick Park development projects.

The IC and The San Francisco Foundation anticipate making one award that will result in the preferred vendor establishing a Small Contractor Mobilization Loan Fund that will operate as a revolving loan fund; from which District 10 based small construction contractors will be awarded mobilization loans and construction TA.  The goal of the loan and TA are to provide the financial and management assistance needed to propel them to grow, establish a track record of successful projects and debt service, and become bankable through conventional bank financing as they participate in construction projects associated with Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Candlestick Park development projects. The successful applicant will be required to originate, close and service multiple mobilization loans. All mobilization loans will be required to carry a linkage with mandatory participation in an established construction contractor technical assistance program, which is intended to insure that the contractors master a set of contractor core competencies based on best practices in the construction contracting field. Applicants who are located in D10 or have a demonstrated at least a 3-5 year history of providing financial products to small contractor businesses in neighborhoods similar to District 10 will receive priority consideration.

For more information, please contact Zachary McRae at zmcrae@sff.org or 415.733.8544

Request For Proposals: Financial Empowerment

On behalf of the Implementation Committee, The San Francisco Foundation is excited to be releasing this request for proposals (RFP) for one or more grants aimed at increasing the financial empowerment of low and moderate income residents of San Francisco’s 10th Supervisorial District (District 10). This RFP reflects input from the community gathered during a series of listening sessions in fall and winter of 2012-2013.

How to Apply:
Online proposals and supporting documentation are due by noon on Monday, November 4, 2013 for renewable two-year grant(s) commencing in January 2014. For more information and to apply, please access the application on Grantee Center, our online application portal.

Eligible Organizations:
Successful applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to offer services and products resulting in multiple subsets of residents evidencing improved financial capability (e.g., reduced debt, regularity of savings deposits, improved credit scores, use of consumer-friendly financial services and products, increased savings). Applicants will also need to articulate how the proposed services and resources connect to or support housing and employment-related outcomes. Given the diversity of residents’ financial situations and aspirations, partnerships that make available a wide array of services and products will be looked upon favorably. Additional eligibility and evaluation criteria are detailed within the RFP.

Only nonprofit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply.

Proposals from partnerships (potentially including for-profit entities) are strongly encouraged.

Interested organizations are encouraged to attend an optional How to Apply Workshop on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. The location for the workshop will be announced at a later date. RSVP for the workshop to Nila Kim at nkim@sff.org.