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Developing Opportunities: State Science Center, San Mateo County and More

The state’s California Science Center, San Mateo County and the city of Fresno are among the state and local entities in the early stages of technology projects.

An exhibit of a U.S. space shuttle hanging in a large room.
Before government technology procurements reach solicitation or proposal stage, public-sector organizations have likely spent many months doing their homework in earlier stage explorations like those detailed below.

Industry Insider — California regularly spotlights such endeavors in its Opportunities section. Here’s a look at several public-sector governmental entities with early-stage technology or innovation-related initiatives:

  • In a request for quotation, the state’s California Science Center in Los Angeles is seeking IT services around the maintenance of security equipment. It needs a contractor to provide around-the-clock troubleshooting to maintain or restore its closed-caption TV system — with support for hardware, software, and upgrades to the Avigilon Control Center — which needs its software upgraded and patched as soon as possible. Equipment and materials replacement, quarterly preventative maintenance and the establishment of a service ticket portal or dedicated email are needed. Questions are due by 2 p.m. Tuesday, with responses coming by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Quotes are due by 2 p.m. Nov. 17. A notice of intent to award is expected by 5 p.m. Nov. 20, with a proposed award date of Nov. 30. Details are available on the California State Government Marketplace.
  • San Mateo County has issued a request for qualifications on behalf of its Office of Budget and Performance, which is seeking a website development firm to partner with the county’s existing strategic communications vendor on a new, dynamic, user-friendly website for listening sessions, surveys, and processes on Measure K, the county’s voter-approved, half-cent sales tax extension. The contractor will work with the vendor and county staff to make sure the 2024 Measure K digital presence is successful in delivering the messaging. The tentative work term is December through July with the potential for an extension. The budget is not to exceed $50,000. Responses are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 17.
  • El Dorado County (EDC) has issued a request for qualifications seeking a company to operate a coordinated entry system (CES) for its continuum of care (CoC) — the regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for the homeless. EDC’s CoC uses a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect and manage data associated with assessment and referrals. Access to its CES must be for designated assessors only. The respondent, acting as the CES operator, will be the main entry point and do intake and assessment and enter client data in the HMIS. The respondent must also keep a by-name list that’s prioritized and protected, and must train and coordinate to ensure processes are consistent for clients. This solicitation will enable creation of a list of qualified firms, to be used for the next three years. The intent is to enter into one contract with the most successful respondent, though additional needs may lead to additional contracts. The contract term will be three years with the option of two additional annual renewals. Questions are due by Nov. 17, with answers coming by Nov. 27. Responses are due by Dec. 4.
  • The city of Fresno has released a request for qualifications on behalf of the Water Division of its Department of Public Utilities. The city is seeking on-call supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) support services to support yearly maintenance and operations activities to its water system. SCADA services may be needed for integration, upgrades or updates and may be required because of capital improvement projects. Questions are due by 4 p.m. Nov. 17, and responses will be available on the city’s PlanetBids website by Nov. 21. Statements of qualification are due by 3 p.m. Nov. 28.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.