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September 11, 2009


Update on Lobby Contract Process

Board members will recall that the July 31, 2009 Board Bulletin outlined the process of creating a Request for Proposal (RFP) for our state and federal lobbying contracts. At that time, Board members were asked to provide any criteria they would like staff to consider in evaluating proposals. Those comments were received and incorporated in the RFP posted on September 1, 2009.


Vendors have been given a deadline of noon on September 24, 2009 to submit proposals. At that time, a staff team from the County Manager’s Office will evaluate the written proposals to select finalists for both the state and federal lobbying contracts. Each finalist will be interviewed by a committee comprising staff and up to three members of the Board. The staff on the interview committee will include representatives from the Manager’s Office and other County departments that regularly interact with state or federal legislators or regulators. There will be one interview committee each for the state contract and the federal contract, with potential overlap in membership of these committees.


Board members interested in serving on the interview committee should contact Assistant to the County Manager Brian Francis at 704-336-2611 or viaemail. Board members interested should specify whether they would like to participate in the state or federal interview. The interview committees will provide a recommendation to the Executive Team (County Manager and General Managers) for a final decision and execution of contracts for lobbying services.


MI-Connection Receives Community Broadband Award


MI-Connection is the locally owned and operated cable and internet system serving the towns of Mooresville, Davidson and Cornelius in the counties of Mecklenburg and Iredell. As Board members may recall, this consortium began serving customers in December of 2007 to meet the needs of residents previously served by Adelphia Communications. Due to bankruptcy, Adelphia was unable to fulfill the terms of its cable franchise agreement for this area. At the time, several options were considered, ultimately leading to the creation of MI-Connection. Although Mecklenburg County opted out of the consortium, the remaining jurisdictions believed the MI-Connection would be the best option to provide cable and internet services to these residents.

After two years of operation, MI- Connection, which is managed by Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU), provides cable and internet services to approximately 15,000 residents in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. MI-Connection most recently received the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors’ (NATOA) Community Broadband Award for Community Broadband Project of the Year. This award honors outstanding projects that seek to improve government and public options in broadband technology. This awards program was initiated to recognize and highlight some of the many extraordinary efforts going on at the local level to bring the benefits of technology to U.S. communities.


- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager

Tuesday, September 15
  • 3pm, Health and Community Support Services Committee Meeting, CH 14, CMGC
  • 3pm, Effective and Efficient Government Committee Meeting, 11th Floor, Large Conference Room
  • 5pm, Dinner Meeting, CH14
  • 6pm, Regular Meeting, Chamber

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