Civic Lab: Commercial Corridors Challenge (RFQ# 201920-01)

Request For Qualification (DLAE Funded)
Project ID:  201920-01
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The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is a voluntary association of governments. Member jurisdictions include: the County of Sacramento (including the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento); the County of Yolo (including the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland); the County of Sutter (including the cities of Live Oak and Yuba City); the County of Yuba (including the cities of Marysville and Wheatland); Placer County (including the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville and Town of Loomis) and El Dorado County (including the City of Placerville).

SACOG is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Sacramento, Davis and Marysville/Yuba City urbanized areas. SACOG is also the State designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the counties of Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter and Yuba.

1. Summary

Civic Lab is soliciting qualifications from established firms, consultants, and nonprofits to transform commercial corridors in the Sacramento region that have seen disinvestment, changing retail habits, aging infrastructure, and vacant buildings. Project teams that have issued challenge statements in this RFQ are willing to create disruptive, innovative solutions. They represent 12 commercial corridor project areas, have executive buy-in, and include property owners and public space for pilot projects. Teams consist of economic development and planning staff, property/business owners, developers, and Property and Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs).

2. Background

Civic Lab is an accelerator program designed for SACOG members to design and launch pilot projects for new and existing programs, plans, and policies. Cross-sector project teams are guided by SACOG staff to develop solutions to challenges by designing pilot projects in a short timeline. in 2018, the program brought eight teams together from across the region to solve transportation challenges. SACOG’s Board of Directors dedicated $1 million in funding to implement the first year of projects.

This year, Civic Lab is focused on transforming commercial corridors. While some commercial areas in the region are functioning well, many suffer from disinvestment, changing retail habits, aging infrastructure, and vacant buildings. However, these areas are critical to the region’s future economic success.

This opportunity will incorporate Civic Lab team's 12 challenges into a single solicitation. SACOG will issue contract(s) which may be used by local governments, agencies, authorities, and special districts providing solutions for corridors throughout the Sacramento region. This cooperative procurement and contracting approach is committed to assisting local government members in reducing costs and streamlining the procurement process (members shall hereinafter be referred to as “Participating Agencies”).

Civic Lab is a voluntary program; therefore, neither SACOG nor Participating Agencies are obligated to purchase any of the services on a contract resulting from this RFQ. Challenges that may result in projects are expressed in the Scope of Work/Services shown, but no minimum quantities or spending levels are provided or guaranteed by SACOG and/or any Participating Agency.

3. Contact Information

All questions concerning this RFQ must be submitted via email to the Primary Contact by the deadline set forth in the "SOQ Submission Date" section and may not be considered if not received by then.

Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) will respond to questions it considers appropriate and of interest to all Applicants, but reserves the right, in its discretion, not to respond to any question. Responses will be posted on the SACOG website at Responses posted on the SACOG website become part of the RFQ upon posting. SACOG reserves the right, in its discretion, to revise responses to questions after posting, by posting the modified response.

No oral response to any Applicant question by any SACOG employee or agent shall be binding on SACOG or in any way considered to be a commitment by SACOG.

The name, address, and contact information for the RFQ Primary Contact are as follows:

Jay Mason
Procurement Officer
1415 L Street
Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 340-6223


Department Head:
Jay Mason
Procurement Officer

4. Timeline

These dates are estimates only and SACOG reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change this schedule. Notice of changes in any meeting date/time or location, the due date for Applicant questions, and the date for SOQ submission will be posted and updated on SACOG's website at The other dates/times listed may be changed without notice to prospective Applicants.

Release Project Date:
June 4, 2019
Pre-Proposal Meeting (Non-Mandatory):
June 17, 2019, 1:00pm
Location: SACOG 1415 L Street #300 - Virtual Option +1 (571) 317-3129 Access Code: 732-591-877
Question Submission Deadline:
June 19, 2019, 5:00pm
Question Response Deadline:
June 26, 2019, 5:00pm
Proposal Submission Deadline:
August 6, 2019, 5:00pm
Contractor Selection Date:
August 21, 2019