Our Partners at Region 4 Planning and Development Council are Searching for a Consultant!

Region 4 Planning and Development Council located in Nicholas County, West Virginia is in the process of obtaining services for potential ATV Trail System Development locations throughout Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas and Webster Counties.

The Rimfire ATV Trail Initiative will include the counties of Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas and Webster located in West Virginia. The selected Agent would be an individual or firm whom is familiar with property owner negotiations for large tracts of land such as those tracts being used in the coal, timber and natural gas extraction industries. The company or individual will reach out to landowners within the five county Rimfire project area to gauge interest in their participation in the Hatfield McCoy trails Rimfire trail project expansion and also introduce the potential land holding companies to the project, set up meetings and shepherd the negotiations for use of their property for a Hatfield McCoy All-Terrain Vehicle trail system. The land agent will analyze coal, timber, and gas drilling plans and look at West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection mine permits to narrow the locations to only those which can be developed without impacting the land companies natural resource extraction operations. The Land Agent would help identify in each of the five counties landowners whom are willing to have their property utilized and developed as a Hatfield McCoy Trails managed ATV trail system, ultimately compiling a list of these companies for evaluation by the Rimfire project advisory team. Contracts are to be awarded on a Fixed Fee basis. Region 4 Planning and Development Council may choose to retain the selected consultant throughout all stages of the project. All companies or individuals interested in being considered for this project must submit a proposal detailing qualifications, technical expertise, management and staffing capabilities, and related prior experience.

The consultant selection process shall be in compliance with the WV Code 5G.

Interested firms must submit 6 copies of all requested information to: Region 4 Planning and Development Council, 885 Broad Street, Suite 100, Summersville, WV 26651 no later than Monday August 12th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Should there be any questions please contact John Tuggle at (304) 872- 4970 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It is the responsibility of the respondent to ensure the receipt of the proposal by the date and time specified.

This contract will be awarded to the responsible offeror whose proposal is within the competitive range and determined to be the most advantageous to Region 4 Planning and Development Council price and other factors considered.

For more information about Region 4 Planning and Development Council, please visit www.reg4wv.org.

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The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) stimulates the regional economy through business expansion and retention efforts, including an extensive portfolio of financial services, the management of sites for new companies locating to our region, and serving as a point of access for local service providers which offer a variety of technical assistance for business owners.

Our Business Support Program is a proactive, recruitment, retention and expansion strategy designed to identify and address the needs, challenges and opportunities of new and existing business in our region. The goal of the program is to provide information, services and tools to business and industry to support expansion and to create new jobs and investment. As a committed partner of the small business owner, it is our charge to coordinate efforts in cooperation with our network of economic development partners to work to address the specific needs of a company in the areas of finance, employee and labor resources, environmental permitting, zoning, state and local taxes, existing government programs, training, media coverage and various other professional services as deemed appropriate and/or necessary. We administer loan programs structured to support a larger funding package. Our extensive economic development partner network consists of federal, state and local business service providers, including chambers of commerce, business and community leaders, workforce training organizations, schools, colleges and universities and government agencies and other partner agencies and representatives as needed.

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We acknowledge that healthy and vibrant communities create greater potential for economic development, therefore we have partnered with the Cooperative Extension Service at West Virginia State University to provide Community Development specialists in each of our four counties. These trained professionals work to assist the communities within the New River Gorge region in areas related to Main Street revitalization, community beautification, strategic planning, historic preservation, grant writing, non-profit management, tourism development and the advancement entrepreneurial activity. Through being active members of local communities, our specialists serve as invaluable connections between our organization and the region we serve.