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					                                        Workforce Florida, Inc.
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                              GRANT SOLICITATION
Issue Date:      November 3, 2009

Title:           Florida Energy and Industrial Construction Workforce Foundation

Council:         Business Competitiveness Council – Sustainability / Infrastructure Committee

Funding:         $300,000 - WIA 15% State Set-Aside                     Project Expires: 6/30/2011

DUE DATE:        5:00 PM, Eastern; December 4, 2009
Purpose. Meeting the demand for a highly trained workforce in the industrial construction trades is a
national crisis that becomes more severe each day. America's industrial construction workforce is aging
and there simply are not enough young people entering these trades. This issue is particularly acute in the
Southeastern US as industrial construction in this region booms and this region is historically known as
the "breadbasket of craft labor" for the US. Drilling down further, Florida – still projected to become the
third largest state in the US and undergoing significant capital infrastructure and expansion projects in this
state now – faces a significant challenge in having the available skilled craft workforce we need. The
Economic Stimulus and Recovery Act funding of additional capital infrastructure and expansion projects
puts even more demand on the industrial construction workforce. Unless something is done to attract
more people to the industrial construction trades, our ability to build and maintain the infrastructure of our
state - and nation - will be threatened. Over the last two years, Florida has lost a significant number of
jobs, primarily in the residential construction market, due to the economic downturn, and the real
estate/home mortgage credit debacle, among other things. This initiative provides an opportunity to
reskill many of the workers from that adversely impacted sector as well as lays the groundwork for
ensuring a reliable understanding of the talent pipeline of workers with industrial construction-level skills
for the future.

 1.0 Funding. Workforce Florida (WFI) will utilize WIA state set-aside dollars to fund this project.
     There is $300,000 allocated at the state level to fund the Construction Workforce Development
     Center (CWDC) for 2009-2011. No funds granted by Workforce Florida under this initiative may
     be used to purchase equipment or furnishings (Operating Capital Outlay) or for building
     construction or renovations (Fixed Capital Outlay).

 2.0 Qualifications for Applicants. WFI will accept proposals from individuals or organizations with
     experience in forecasting, marketing, training and recruitment programs with the focus on the
     industrial construction industry. A consortium of organizations within the groups mentioned above
     may also submit a proposal but WFI will only contract with the identified lead organization. WFI
     intends to enter into only one two-party contract. For consortia that may form to submit a proposal,
     the ‘lead’ organization (from one of the groups above) will be the contractor for contract and
     financial management purposes. In evaluating the qualifications of respondents, WFI will be looking
     at those organizations that have relative and significant experience in the following areas –
   1) Coordinating, developing and implementing high visibility projects with an established track
   record for similar project work;
   2) Working with industry, economic development and education principles to develop statewide
   partnerships resulting in action plans for statewide implementation;
   3) Partnering with regional workforce board(s) and schools to build career awareness and to identify
   apprenticeship and scholarship programs, fellowships and internships;
   4) Developing sustainability plans for initiatives from both a financial and employee resource
   perspective.

3.0 Intent of this Initiative. Florida anticipates a collaborative industrial construction effort across
    contractors and key industries that rely on industrial construction crafts for the success of their
    enterprise. A model to guide this effort is the CEFGA model (Construction Education Foundation
    of Georgia). This to-be-formed collaborative will result in a program that will incorporate key
    objectives of the National Construction Workforce Development Center (CWDC)
    (www.cwdcamerica.com). CWDC has worked at the national level to change the image of a career
    in the industrial construction trades and to teach young people, their parents, educators, unemployed
    workers, and other target groups vital facts about jobs and lifestyles of construction trades
    professionals.
   Another key component of this initiative is the implementation of the CWDC highly sophisticated
   demand/supply technology tool based on the successful Canadian model that allows for real-time
   supply/demand forecasting in this critical industry. The tool enables the industry to understand and
   forecast construction labor needs relative to demand so that recruitment and training efforts can be
   implemented locally and regionally to ensure adequate labor supply.
   Additionally, this Florida program will actively collaborate with education – secondary and post-
   secondary, public and private – to ensure appropriate education and training programs are in place to
   prepare Florida residents for these highly-skilled positions in the industrial construction industry and
   that students and interested applicants are aware of these training programs and how to enter them.
   It is our desire to leverage already developed programs and models but adapt them to Florida’s
   unique needs to ensure a sustainable skilled craft labor pool for the industrial/commercial
   construction industry in Florida as follows:
       1. Establish an owner/contractor led organization/collaboration in Florida (likely named the
          Florida Energy and Industrial Construction Workforce Foundation) that can direct the
          implementation of this model and that can leverage resources toward this end. Potential
          applicants are encouraged to research similar models like the Construction Education
          Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA: www.cefga.org), but with a dual focus on industrial
          construction and energy and any other industries who rely on similar skill sets for their direct
          or indirect workforce. Ultimately this organization could take on the focus of the Florida
          Energy Workforce Consortium (FEWC: www.fewc.org), folding in these efforts and
          broadening them to the indirect labor and contractor workforce as well. This effort would
          unite all common interests and resources in the energy and industrial construction workforce
          development arena in Florida.

       2. Utilize the guidance of this new entity to lead implementation of the Construction
          Workforce Development Center (www.cwdcamerica.com) project components in to
          include:
              Ensure the owner/contractor community in Florida utilizes the supply/demand
               forecasting tool to ensure highest confidence in the data and direct access to workforce
               requirements for the regional workforce boards’ use.

              Inventory existing secondary and post-secondary education and training programs geared
               at preparing Floridians for work in this critical industry and collaborating with education
               and training organizations to fill gaps where they exist. The focus of these training
               programs will be to provide portable credentials to trainees that will allow for more
               sustainable employment.

              Determine the priorities for joint action to include collaboration on talent pipeline
               programs geared toward industrial construction skills throughout Florida. This priority
               could include summer camps and career academies, and the creation of an Energy and
               Construction Expo in conjunction with the Florida Skills USA state competition.

              Develop a plan for sustainability of this initiative beyond this grant funding.
   Once implemented, this effort will work to ensure that the industrial trades have ample skilled talent
   and that Florida’s citizens have an opportunity for a career in this high-demand, lucrative career that
   serves as a backbone of our economy. Additionally, this collaboration could serve as a model for
   other industries in Florida to follow.

4.0 General Scope of Work: As was mentioned above, WFI is providing the framework within which
    applicants will develop their applications. That framework includes the intent section (4.0) and this
    scope section (5.0). Applications must address:

   Program Elements: Applicants should consider the following elements as they design their response
   to this request for proposal and complete their applications:

     4.1 Establishment of Project Advisory Group to include industrial construction, energy, and other
         industry, education, training providers, industry associations and others
     4.2 Hiring of Florida Industrial Construction Workforce Development Center Consultant
     4.3 Development of coordination/crosswalk plan/process for labor forecasting tool with the
         Employ Florida Marketplace
     4.4 Implementation of Canadian model-based supply/demand labor forecasting tool among owner
         and contractor population in Florida
     4.5 Coordination of data results from labor forecasting tool to LMI
     4.6 Inventory of education and training programs to prepare Floridians for work in the industrial
         construction industry
     4.7 Partnering with educational institutions to fill education and training gaps where they exist
     4.8 Statewide loading of relevant training programs on website
     4.9 Developing sustainability plan for beyond WFI funding

5.0 Performances and Reporting: WFI will develop a scope of work and reporting requirements
    based on the winning applicant’s proposal and scope of services. There may be negotiations
    regarding services, performances and funding during the review and award of an application that
    result in some modifications.
6.0 Grant Application. Applicants will use the attached Grant Application to apply for these funds.
    Please use the format, font and font size that is embedded in the application. Applicants may attach
    additional information they feel is pertinent. Applicants are encouraged to provide letters from local
   partners that: a) describe in detail what role the partner will play in the project; b) provide some
   indication if the partner plans to continue in the partnership beyond the WFI funding for this project;
   and, c) if the partner is providing leveraged funds, cash or in-kind services, the letter should describe
   the specifics of those leveraged funds – if cash, how much and, if in-kind, what are the specific
   services and the value of those services.

   NOTE: Since WFI will be looking for specific commitments from various partners and those
   commitments may vary depending on the partner and its role, applicants are advised to avoid
   ‘canned’ letters that may be developed by the region and provided electronically to partners to place
   on their letterhead. Also, ‘feel good’ letters from persons or organizations not a part of the project
   will not enhance the application. Therefore, please limit the number of letters to those local partners
   that will be actively involved in the specific project.

     6.1 Limit on number of pages. Applications should be twenty-five (25) pages or less. This does
         not include the letters but, again, please limit the letters to pertinent local partners.

     6.2 The application should include resumes of all staff participating in the project. These pages do
         not count toward the twenty-five (25) page limit.

     6.3 Number of copies. Applicants must submit six (6) copies of their application.

     6.4 Submit applications. Instead of submitting applications to AWI as has been the process with
         some previous grants, applications must be submitted directly to WFI at –

           Workforce Florida, Inc.
           1580 Waldo Palmer Lane, Suite 1
           Tallahassee, FL 32308
           ATTN: Florida Energy and Industrial Construction Proposal (Rosanne Heard)

7.0 Evaluation of Applications and Award. Rather than being scored using a point system,
    applications will be judged independently of the others as to acceptability and quality. Applications
    deemed to be unacceptable by WFI may not be funded – that is, if an application fails to meet the
    basic intent of this initiative or fails to adequately address the issues of collaboration, leveraged
    funds, its project may not be funded.

   IMPORTANT: These are some of the issues that will be considered during the evaluation process:

           Is the proposed project truly collaborating with local business and business associations,
            state agencies that also provide services to targeted clients, a broad range of training
            providers, and other stakeholders if appropriate? Is there a plan for fully involving local
            partners in the development/rollout/assessment of the project?

           Does the proposed project commit leveraged funds to help ensure its success, give WFI a
            better return-on-investment and increase the likelihood that the project could continue
            after WFI funding? Do partners commit specific levels of funding and/or in-kind services?
            Does the project offer opportunities for job creation for targeted populations.

           Does the proposed project include reasonable and measurable outcomes (based on the
            funding being requested) that tie directly back to the intent of this initiative?
          Does the proposed project, to the greatest extent possible, address the program elements
           outlined in Section 4.0?

          Does the proposed project contain a plan for sustainability of the project beyond the
           funding received from WFI through this grant?

     Issues that may also be considered in making award decisions include but aren’t necessarily
     limited to –

     1) Cost per participant served
     2) Proposed projects that limit the amount of administrative costs and devote the greatest
        amount of the funding toward direct services (admin will be limited to 10% or less; less
        will be determined to be better for evaluation purposes).
     3) Sustainability plan

8.0 Budget. Applicants will submit a budget document for their projects. Attached is a format that can
    be used to develop and submit the budget. At a minimum, the budget document should list the broad
    categories for which funds will be spent and it should show the source(s) of the funding and
    amounts from each source for each of those categories. If multiple sources will be used for one
    category, the source and amount from each source should be listed. The funding being requested
    from WFI and its use should be clearly identified in the budget document. Leveraged funds from
    other sources should match any letters of commitment from those sources (such as businesses or
    other state agencies or training providers, etc,) or other items provided to document leveraged funds.
    As an example, if ACME manufacturing is listed as a source of funding for a particular category or
    purpose in the budget document, the letter a region may submit from ACME Manufacturing should
    address that financial commitment listed in the budget.

9.0 Term. The grant resulting from this solicitation will commence upon award of the funding and
    expire on June 30, 2011.

10.0 Contact. Questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to Rosanne Heard at
    rheard@workforceflorida.com Please submit email questions on or before Monday, November,
    2009.
11.0 Schedule of Events. To the extent possible, WFI will adhere to the following timelines:

      November 3, 2009               Issuance of request for proposal

      December 4, 2009-
                                     DEADLINE for submittal of applications
      5:00 PM, Eastern

      December 18, 2009-
                                     Awards
      (on or about)

      June 30, 2011                  End of grant

     NOTE: The award date is an ‘anticipated’ date. Every applicant will be sent an award email so, if an applicant has not
     received an email award notice that means the award decisions have not been finalized.
                                       Grant Application:
                 Florida Energy and Industrial Construction Workforce Foundation

1. Name: Organization
   or Individual
2. Brief Program Description - This should be an overview of the project; probably not more than a
couple of pages. This box will expand as needed for to complete program description.


3. Increase number of students in construction-related career academies,
certificate and degree-granting education/training programs

4. Increase number of industrial construction workers in Florida

5. Total Amount of Funds Requested                                           $
6. Cost per Participant - Divide total amount of request in 5 above by #of
                                                                             $
participants in 3 above

7 (a) Leveraged Funds

7(b). Leveraged Funds from Local Partners:                                   $
8 (a) Admin Costs - %
                                                 8 (b) Admin Costs - $
(Cannot exceed 10% of requested         %                                    $
amount )
CONTACT NAME                                     CONTACT EMAIL

CONTACT PHONE                                    CONTACT FAX

Signed:

Title:
                                                                                                    (Cont’d)
RFP Application:
              Florida Energy and Industrial Construction Workforce Foundation
                                Detailed Project Description

Applicants must use this form to submit their applications. Please do not change the type style or size.
Each of the answer boxes will expand as necessary for a full response to the question being asked. Submit
six (6) copies of this application, including the preceding cover page, to –

               Workforce Florida, Inc.
               1580 Waldo Palmer Lane, Suite 1
               Tallahassee, FL 32303
               ATTN: Rosanne Heard, Florida Energy and Industrial Construction Proposal

The following sections address issues relating to, in order, the program elements appearing in Sections 4.0
and 5.0. Leave blank or add ‘N/A’ in any section that does not apply to the project being offered.


1. Does the project address the intent and general scope of services as described in 3.0 and 4.0? Yes/No

2. Describe specifically how the project relates to the intent and general scope of services (see 3.0 and 4.0,
Pages 2 & 3).

3. In Section 4.0, there are several program elements listed. In the space below, list the specific element(s)
that the proposed project incorporates. List the element number from the solicitation (like element 4.1.3)
and then describe how the proposed project incorporates that element as it relates to the project. List as
many of the elements as are appropriate. If the applicant proposes additional elements or activities that
they deem an improvement or value-added component to the project, please identify those additional
activities here as well and why they have been added.

4. List the partners that will be involved in the project. Partners may include businesses, state agencies,
education representatives, and economic development organizations. For each partner provide the role it
will play in the project and the amount of financial assistance (leveraged funds) it will provide if any.
Letters from partners should mirror the roles and financial commitment listed here. Go to ‘table’, ‘insert’
and ‘rows below’ to add rows as necessary.

                                                                                   Amount of Leveraged
Partner Name            Brief Description of Partner Role                          Funds
                                                                                   Cash        In-Kind



5. List the specific ‘outcomes’ or performances that will be achieved in the project and date/timeframe.
Where it applies, include the expected number of participants that will achieve the outcome. NOTE:
These outcomes must be specific and quantifiable such as X number to enroll and complete
internships/externships or X number of regional forums to be organized and completed. There MUST be
outcomes associated with this project.
Go to ‘table’, ‘insert’ and ‘rows below’ to add rows as necessary.
                                  Outcomes                                       No. of Participants (if
                                                                                      applicable)




Budget –

1. Attach a proposed budget document for the project. The budget document should identify use
categories, the source(s) of funds for each use category and the amount per source for each year of the
project.

				
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