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RFP for a Tourism Community Currency Program Consultant – Kirkland


Notice is hereby given that proposals will be received by the City of Kirkland, Washington, for:

Tourism Community Currency Program Consultant

Job #32-21-CMO

File with Purchasing Agent, Finance Department, 123 – 5th Ave, Kirkland WA, 98033

Proposals received later than 12:00 p.m. on October 18, 2021 will not be considered.

A copy of this Request for Proposal (RFP) may be obtained from City’s web site at https://www.kirklandwa.gov/. Click on the Business tab at the top of the page and then click on the Request for Proposals link found under “Doing Business with the City”.

The community currency tourism incentive program is intended to attract tourists and result in increased hotel stays during the program window to assist the Kirkland tourism industry, local hotels and businesses to recover from the negative financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City seeks to stimulate tourism, hotel stays and local spending through the community currency program, as well as raise the profile of the City of Kirkland as a tourist destination. The program is further intended leverage and deepen the impact of two existing City initiatives: the Shop Local Kirkland initiative www.ShopLocalKirkalnd.com and the Explore Kirkland tourism program www.ExploreKirkland.com . The City does not currently operate a tourism incentive program based on a local community currency concept.

The program is expected to function as a key motivator for hotel stays and spending patterns in the City during the less travelled ‘shoulder’ seasons and beyond. The community currency tourism incentive program will be staffed by  the City Manager’s Office (CMO), working with the City’s Deputy City Manager for External Affairs, the communications team, IT, Finance and Administration and other departments as needed. The Deputy City Manager for External Affairs, and communications and economic development staff will be active participants during the program’s procurement, design and implementation.

RFP #32-21-CMO Tourism Community Currency Program Consultant v2

Questions: Questions regarding the scope of work, RFP and evaluation process must be submitted in writing and should be addressed to Jay Gewin, Purchasing Agent via e-mail at jgewin@kirklandwa.gov . The deadline to submit questions is 5:00 PM on October 11, 2021.

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