Seems like everyone and their step-cousin has an expert opinion on how to run the City of Burien, but few actually try to do anything about it, other than complain or toss around negative Comments on this here blog.
Well, now’s your chance to prove just how right you are, by actually submitting your “vision” – on Wednesday (Oct. 20th), the City of Burien released a “Request for Proposal ” (RFP) that states:
Request for Proposals (RFP) for City-wide Visioning Services
The City of Burien is seeking proposals from individuals or organizations interested in guiding a city-wide visioning process. The process is intended to solicit the community’s idea of what the city should look and feel like in 10-20 years. That high level vision will be codified in a number of other documents, including the city’s Comprehensive Plan, that will be prepared concurrently and adopted at the end of 2011.
The budget for this contract is not to exceed $35,000. The work is expected to begin in January 2011 and be completed no later than June 30, 2011. The city welcomes and strongly encourages city residents or business owners to submit proposals.
The City of Burien is a relatively young city. Shortly after incorporation in 1993 the city created a vision that has guided the community ever since. This visioning process should build upon that work. The city recently increased its size and population by 50% through annexation, and now has some 46,000 residents. It is critical that the vision of those new residents is heard, understood, and incorporated into the larger, city-wide vision. Likewise, the city is demographically diverse. The process should reflect that diversity.
The successful party or organization must have a demonstrable success in creating a community vision in other cities. It must be willing to engage the community directly and thoughtfully to identify the elements of its vision. These engagements may include community forums, focus groups, stakeholder meetings etc. The successful candidate will summarize the out outcomes of those sessions and advance them as a draft vision to the city council, through the city manager.
Any consultant providing services under this contract shall comply with all federal, state, county and city codes or regulations applicable to such work. Detailed information, including general terms & conditions, requested services, and requirements, is available at Burien City Hall, 400 SW 152nd Street, Suite 300, Burien, WA 98166, or on our website at www.burienwa.gov/, or by calling (206) 248-5508.
The City of Burien reserves the right to reject any and all submittals and to waive irregularities and informalities in the submittal and evaluation process. This Request for Proposals (“RFP”) does not obligate the City to pay any costs incurred by respondents in the preparation and submission of a proposal. Furthermore, the RFP does not obligate the City to accept or contract for any expressed or implied services.
City of Burien is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
To submit your vision, download the RFP here  (PDF file), and in the meantime, why not enlighten all our Readers with some of your ideas in the Comments below?