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July 31, 2009

Request for Proposal for Federal Lobbying Contracts

As shared with you previously, we are in the process of creating a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the county's state and federal lobbying contracts. As part of this process, we would like to receive your input on the qualities that you believe are important for the selected firms to possess. We would also welcome your suggestions on any specific questions that you would like to have included in either the RFP or the interview process.

We will send the proposals to firms that we know are potential service providers, and we will post the RFP publicly, if there is any firm that you would like to recommend that we contact directly, please provide that information. Please provide all feedback to Assistant to the County Manager Brian Francis by August 7. Brian will be forming a selection committee composed of staff that regularly interacts with the state or federal government to evaluate proposals, interview finalists and select the new state and federal lobbyists.

For more information and to submit your responses, contact Brian Francis, email or704-336-2611.



Full-Time Project Safe Neighborhoods Manager

Ronnie Devine joined Community Support Services as the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) manager effective July 1. Prior to joining CSS, Ronnie worked five years with the County as an Area Mental Health Authority specialist in the Fighting Back Program.

PSN is a program funded nationally through the U.S. Department of Justice. Its goal is to keep communities safe by eliminating gun violence. Community partners along with local, state and federal law enforcement work to create strategies that address the problem of gun crime.

Previously, the grant-funded PSN coordinator position was part-time and worked with a collaboration of local neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County including Belmont, Ashly Park, Enderly Park, Glenwood, Lockwood, Parkview and Villa Heights. The new full-time PSN Manager Position will strengthen a seven-year local collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice and enables expansion of the program into the Thomosboro community.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact CSS Department Director Stacy Lowry, email or 704-336-3784.

CALENDAR REMINDER Tuesday, August 4

  • 12 noon Human Services Strategic Planning Meeting, Rm 267, CMGC
  • 2pm, Economic Development Committee Meeting, RM 278
  • 3pm, Natural Resources Committee Meeting, Rm 280, CMGC
  • 5pm, Dinner Meeting, CH14
  • 6pm, Regular Meeting, Chamber
- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager


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