Massachusetts

Cambridge Should Encourage Women and Minority-Led Bids for Government Contracts, City Committee Says

Cambridge City Hall sits on Massachusetts Avenue. Cambridge’s Economic Development and University Relations Committee passed a motion Thursday calling on the city to explore implementing a program that would encourage selecting bids from women- and minority-owned businesses for government contracts. Women and minorities historically face steeper challenges when starting and running a business, Vice Mayor Alanna M. Mallon said during ...

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Rink Sinks: New Skating Facility Proposal ‘Not Economically Viable’

On the day the town opened the 40-year-old plus Viglirolo Skating Rink for the season, the Select Board heard that a long sought after replacement for the current dilapidated facility came to a close after the only candidate to reply to the ambitious proposal could not make the project financially feasible. “I wish I had better news to report,” said ...

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Bids sought for the purchase of former Kidder branch library

The bright blue door is a noted feature of the former Kidder library branch, now the home of Discovery Schoolhouse. Discovery Schoolhouse and Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) have held classes here in this building at 101 Blue Hills Pkwy. for the past decade Milton is accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) from those who might want to purchase the former ...

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Shrewsbury Beal Early Childhood Center RFQ Questions Due On October 29

All parties interested in obtaining a copy of the RFP are advised to pull the bid specs in advance of the due date. October 26, 2020 Questions on the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Purchase and Development of the Beal Early Childhood Center are due by 4:30PM on Thursday, October 29, 2020. All parties interested in obtaining a copy of ...

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Westford board backs RFP call for Town Farm Road site

The Select Board has backed a request for proposals for the 35 Town Farm Road property — with an eye toward developing senior housing, and a new home for the food pantry. WESTFORD — The town seeks prospective developers for the 35 Town Farm Road property to create senior housing and a home for the Westford Food Pantry. The Select ...

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Mount Greylock School Committee: No Need to Gauge Community Support for Fields Project

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Without an actionable measure to vote, the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday spent nearly an hour talking about the athletic field decision that will be left to the next iteration of the panel.  And three members blocked a proposal to collect data to help inform that decision. The committee learned Thursday that its architects had not yet ...

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Nanny Goat Hill Finally Goes Out for Sale to Abutters

Few places in Charlestown are as fun to say as ‘Nanny Goat Hill’ – the steep non-building lots going down from Russell and Mead Streets – and now some lucky abutters might be able to not just say the name, but also own the property. Nanny Goat Hill harkens back to the days when Charlestown was more pastoral and more ...

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Town Delays Eviction for Trustees, as Talk Turns to Future for Katama Farm

The Edgartown conservation commission appointed a special committee Friday to study a new lease arrangement at the farm. In the latest shift since evicting the Trustees of Reservations from Katama Farm two months ago, the Edgartown conservation commission is now considering splitting the property’s educational and farming components to allow for more than one tenant on the site. The change ...

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Object Management Group Chairs Update Technology Standards

Focus on AI, blockchain, cloud, finance, and retail standards BOSTON, OCTOBER 05, 2020 International technology standards consortium Object Management Group® (OMG®) announced important updates from its quarterly membership meeting, which took place online from September 2020. The chairs of OMG Task Forces (TFs) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) presented updates about their standards work that will influence the future direction of technology, ...

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Boston issues RFP for first urban forest plan

Dive Brief: The City of Boston is seeking a partner to help design its first urban forest plan, according to a request for proposals (RFP) issued last week.City officials said they want to partner with a group that will “develop strategies to promote growth, longevity, and protection of Boston’s urban canopy over the next 20 years,” and also provide a roadmap toward expanding the ...

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Boston seeks partner for urban forest plan

The 20-year vision will set citywide goals for canopy protection as well as help to tackle climate change and enhance the quality of life for all Bostonians. Boston has a clear strategy in place to protect and expand its tree canopy Boston mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are looking for a partner to design and ...

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Massachusetts Course Corrects on Offshore Wind Transmission

Following a public review process, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) recently found, among other factors, that the costs of a solicitation for independent offshore wind energy transmission outweigh the potential benefits.  Accordingly, the agency decided not to require the Massachusetts Electric Distribution Companies (“EDCs”) to pursue a joint competitive transmission only solicitation.  The DOER’s findings were presented in a letter to the ...

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Account News In Brief (September 28, 2020)

New business for Magrino, PAN, Rainier and Diffusion. NEW YORK — Housewares retailer Sur La Table has handed its PR business to Magrino. The move comes a month after Marquee Brands and CSC Generation bought the high-end culinary chain out of bankruptcy for $88.9 million and is in the process of shuttering 51 of its 121 stores. BOSTON — PAN ...

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Cape Cod Healthcare Seeks Community Benefits Grant Applicants

HYANNIS – Cape Cod Healthcare has released its 2021 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals. The 2021 RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing the unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County. The CCHC Community Benefits annual competitive RFP grants program is open to all non-profit community organizations operating in Barnstable County with ...

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Haverhill to Seek Developer for 3.8 Acres of Downtown Land, Including Goecke Deck

Part of the Merrimack Street redevelopment parcel. After several years of discussion, Haverhill is moving ahead with a search for a developer of the land around, and including, the Herbert H. Goecke Jr. Memorial Parking Deck That parking area was built between 1978 and 1981 in hopes it would spur development. The structure, now seen as an impediment to development, ...

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Object Management Group Request for Proposal to Enable Cross Industry Application Interoperability

Interface Definition Language v4 to C++ Language Mapping Specification to support new use cases https://www.omg.org/ BOSTON :  International technology standards organization Object Management Group® (OMG®) today announced a request for proposal (RFP) an Interface Definition Language v4 (IDL4) to C++ Language Mapping specification. The enhanced IDL4 to C++ Language Mapping specification will provide Data Distribution Service (DDS™) and CORBA users and vendors with an interoperable ...

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Baystate Health seeks proposals for $1.2M in Better Together grants

Baystate Heath and its community partner are seeking requests for proposals for $1.2 million in Better Together grants over three years.  Baystate Health is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Better Together Grants. The health system’s request is being done in partnership with its Community Benefits Advisory Councils (CBAC). The goal of the grants is to bring together health ...

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OMG launches RFP for IDL of C++ Language Mapping specification

The Object Management Group (OMG) has announced a request for proposal (RFP) for Interface Definition Language v4 (IDL4) for the C++ Language Mapping specification.  According to OMG, this addition to the specification will provide Data Distribution Service (DDS) and CORBA users with an interoperable API for C++, which will allow them to deploy vendor-neutral applications in a number of industries.  ...

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Cape Cod Healthcare seeks community benefits grant applicants

HYANNIS – Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) is pleased to release its 2021 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP), part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing the unmet health needs of Barnstable County residents. The program is open to all nonprofit community organizations operating in Barnstable County with programs aligned with CCHC Community Benefits priorities. Proposals must ...

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Request for Proposals: Strategic Data Systems Consultancy

**Please send proposals to the Manager, People Operations, Camille Phillips, at cphillips@lastmilehealth.org, no later than October 20th, 2020. No proposals should be submitted via this portal.** The Role At Last Mile Health, we dig data. Last Mile Health seeks consultancy support from an individual or firm with experience planning, developing, and managing complex data systems to help shape the vision for ...

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Wellesley Public Schools viral testing program update

Wellesley Public Schools Supt. David Lussier, who calls the evolving viral testing program a core part of the school reopening plan, gave an update on the effort during this week’s School Committee meeting. Note that this is a topic nearly impossible to report on, as details change daily, hourly, etc. The plan now focuses on baseline testing for all students and ...

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BPDA Releases Two Major RFPs for Navy Yard Properties

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has released two major Requests for Proposal (RFP) this week on Building 108 (Power Plant) and the challenging Pier 5. The Pier 5 RFP is likely the most compelling of the two, sitting just in front of Flagship Wharf and basically condemned a few years ago. The BPDA met with the community to ...

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Town Of Sudbury Invites Proposals For Professional Design, Engineering And Permitting Services

The Town is inviting proposals to encourage competition. From the Town of Sudbury: September 5, 2020 The Town of Sudbury, Massachusetts, represented by the Town Manager, the awarding authority, invites proposals for: Professional Design, Engineering, and Permitting Services Bruce Freeman Rail TrailSudbury, MassachusettsMassDOT Project No. 608164 Qualified professional engineers, registered in Massachusetts and pre-qualified to conduct engineering services for the ...

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Bids for Lowell’s HR audit come in with a high price tag

LOWELL — Two firms have responded to the city’s request for proposals to conduct a Human Resources Department audit, but officials say the price tag is high. In July, the city issued the request with the intention of hiring a firm to audit the department’s practices, procedures and protocols; and to recommend ways to promote equity, inclusion and diversity in ...

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Asset Allocation Advisory Services

Plan:Massachusetts PRIM Board Location:MA Posted:08/24/2020 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, a $75 billion public pension fund, is requesting proposals from firms interested in providing Asset Allocation Advisory Services. The RFP may be obtained electronically from the PRIM Board website at www.mapension.com. Responses to the RFP are due to PRIM by 3:00 PM EDT on Friday, September ...

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Former Fall River police station could provide 30 new apartments

The City Council’s real estate subcommittee on July 30 unanimously approved a $10,000 purchase and sales agreement to convert Fall River’s old police station on Bedford Street into apartments. The council of a whole will take up the measure on Aug. 11. City councilman Leo Pelletier is seen here at a real estate subcommittee meeting speaking with Marc Lederman, who ...

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McCormack school land grab

An insidious land grab process is occurring in the middle of a pandemic. A sports field, playground and basketball courts are currently used by McCormack students and abutters. Google Earth image An insidious land grab process is occurring in the middle of a pandemic. The city is attempting to develop the green space nestled between the John McCormack and Paul ...

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Mass. Nixes Separate Offshore Tx RFP

Massachusetts officials said they will not require utilities to solicit proposals for an independent transmission network for the 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy already procured, but recommended bundling transmission in its next OSW solicitation. | BOEM Source: https://rtoinsider.com/massachusetts-nixes-separate-offshore-tx-rfp-169878/

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Our next plunge: Going big on wind

The state is poised to be a global leader in green energy IT WAS A PLUNGE I’ll never forget – into the Charles River with Gov. Bill Weld in 1996 to celebrate the passage of the Massachusetts Rivers Act. Let’s just say the Charles was a little murky that day at a time when clean, swimmable water in our rivers was ...

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Weymouth Retirement scouting for real estate manager

Weymouth (Mass.) Retirement System is searching for opportunistic and value-added real estate funds to which it plans to commit a total of up to $10 million. The $200 million pension fund issued an RFP for at least one manager to remain in compliance with its asset allocation targets, said Edward J. Masterson, retirement system director. The pension fund will consider ...

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