Unsolicited Proposals: Unrealized Opportunity for Kentucky Businesses

By Ed Green
P3 Kentucky Editor

Kentucky included an interesting option for businesses when it passed public-private partnership (P3) legislation last year – one that hasn’t yet been fully used. The unsolicited proposal allows business operators to offer a service or public asset using a P3 model by proactively sending a proposal to a state or local agency rather than waiting for a request for proposals (RFP).

The proposal must be independently generated without the direction of the agency it is being submitted to for consideration. It also must include enough information for officials to determine whether it would provide benefits to the agency or local government. (Click here for more details on how to submit an unsolicited proposal.)

The Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet has formally announced just three unsolicited proposals for P3 projects, including one that expired this week. Two others have been submitted – one that was dismissed and another that Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet officials still are reviewing, said Laura Brooks, director of communications for the Cabinet.

Cabinet Secretary Don Parkinson recently told me his cabinet has received “some really interesting surprises with people coming in and wanting to do business in places we hadn’t thought about before.”

Parkinson said in some ways he prefers to receive unsolicited proposals because they tend to offer creative, money-saving solutions that traditionally have not been considered.

To date, only Parkinson’s cabinet has received any unsolicited proposals, according to Pamela Trautner, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet.

The following is a summary of where those proposals stand.

Kentucky Horse Park Food/Beverage & Catering: Unsolicited proposal to manage food, beverage and catering operations at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

  • Notice of unsolicited proposal: 10, 2017
  • Amended on: March 27, 2017
  • Deadline for responses to RFI: April 10, 2017
  • Current status: RFP issued June 28, 2017.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park Golf Facilities: Assume operations of the golf course and related facilities at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown and Lincoln Homestead State Park in Springfield, Ky., and enter a long-term contract to operate and maintain the facilities.

  • Notice of unsolicited proposal: 21, 2016
  • Amended on: 27, 2017
  • Deadline for responses to RFI: March 20, 2017
  • Current status: Deadline for responses expired; Tourism Cabinet still considering proposal.

Mineral Mounds State Park Golf Facilities: Assume operations of golf facilities at Mineral Mounds State Park in Eddyville, KY; Long-term contract to operate and maintain

  • Notice of unsolicited proposal: March 28, 2017
  • Deadline for responses to RFI: June 28, 2017
  • Current status: Deadline for responses expired; Tourism Cabinet still considering proposal.

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