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RFP: Reuse sector business needs assessment
Reuse Minnesota is seeking an individual or firm that is well-versed in conducting business needs assessments, and that demonstrates an understanding of and appreciation for our mission, values, and strategies. We seek to understand the needs of our current and past members and other reuse businesses and organizations in Minnesota. Ideal candidates will demonstrate existing familiarity with Minnesota businesses and resources. Results from this assessment will be used to inform and prioritize our work and resource creation, in order to best support the growth and vitality of reuse businesses in Minnesota.
1. Does Reuse Minnesota have an all-encompassing list of businesses considered to be engaged in the reuse sector? And could this list be provided to once the contractor has been selected?
Yes, through our reuse impact study, we will have a list of reuse businesses purchased through Dun & Bradstreet that will be available to the contractor for this project.
2. Should rental and repair companies be included in this needs assessment?
Yes. Reuse Minnesota includes rental and repair businesses in our definition of reuse businesses.
3. Should government members also be engaged in the interview/survey process, or should the audience be limited to the business sector only?
This project will be focused on non-government reuse businesses.
4. Who is the anticipated audience of policy makers for the virtual presentation (scope of work task #5)?
The anticipated audience may include city, county, and state policy makers who may consider implementing reuse-related policies or funding programs.
RFP: Measuring statewide impacts of reuse
Reuse Minnesota is seeking an individual or firm that is well-versed in concepts and use of life cycle analysis and datasets to provide and execute a methodology/tool(s) for measuring the statewide impacts of reuse activities. The tool(s) will be used to document the benefits of the products and services provided by reuse businesses and organizations in Minnesota. At the conclusion of this contract, a formal report will summarize the findings and provide a detailed methodology for the approaches used to measure these impacts.
1. Can you share the details of Reuse Minnesota's ENRTF work plan as it relates to this RFP?
Reuse Minnesota's approved work plan can be found here. References to this specific RFP can be found on the following:
- Page 3: Narrative - Additional strategies include [...] measuring the impact of reuse across the state through tested, pre-defined tools to prove growth in the reuse, repair and rental sector and environmental, economic and social impacts.
- Page 5: Activity 2 - Expand methods for tools for measuring the environmental, economic, and social impacts of reuse, repair, and rental
With funding from LCCMR, Reuse Minnesota successfully illustrated the positive impact that reuse, rental, and repair businesses have on Minnesota's economy, environment, and communities. With this new funding, the same research will be conducted, with additional depth, two years after the first study to show trends of reuse businesses and the effect of new networks and consumer habits.
- Page 6: Activity Milestones - Utilize and refine the pre-defined tool for measuring impacts of reuse businesses statewide.
- Page 8: Budget Summary - Contracts and Services. Professional or Technical Service Contract. Additional economic, environmental, and social impact research of reuse, repair, and rental businesses across the state. Brio is former LCCMR grant partner but another contractor might be needed. Hiring of person or contractor will adhere to state contracting guidelines and a competitive bid process (Activity 2b). $20,000.
2. Can you provide the full list of NAICS codes used in the 2019-2020 study?
These can be found in the Appendices of our report, beginning on page 27.
3. Can you provide the EIO-LCA model from the 2019-2020 study and/or the data inputs?
The tool that was used for the 2019-2020 study was developed by Carnegie Mellon, and is their 2002 version of their Producer Price model. The previous dataset was purchased through Dun & Bradstreet and is available for comparison with the next iteration of the report; however, cannot be shared publicly before that due to license restrictions.
4. Do you have a license for the EIO-LCA model for commercial use?
We do not have a license for the Carnegie Mellon EIO-LCA model.
5. What level of training do you anticipate Reuse Minnesota staff will need in order to conduct ongoing analysis (e.g., staff are proficient in excel but would need training specific to the process, staff will need training in both excel and the process, etc.)?
Both staff are proficient in Excel, as are several board members. The primary training needed will be in the process for running the data in the tool created.