Arizona vendor expos bolster competition

Arizona Department of Transportation officials and contractors work on the foundations of the 24th Street bridge as part of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in this March 2017 file photo. State and municipal officials, along with industry advocates, will host expos over the next two months in an effort to increase competition among vendors for public works projects./ADOT

By Matt Roy | Your Valley

Infrastructure has become something of a watchword in Arizona and across the country as officials seek funding to upgrade roads, bridges, water treatment plants and other needed public facilities.

But even after the money for projects is secured, another challenge remains  — finding the contractors and vendors necessary to complete public projects; this effort is called procurement.

In the West Valley, municipal officials know this challenge all too well, where the search for developers for some recently proposed projects were called off or delayed due to lack of interest and worker shortages.

City of Surprise officials  — who had issued a formal request for Statement of Qualifications in October 2019 to find a developer for a 17-acre multi-use project in the Original Town Site neighborhood  — canceled their solicitation when no one responded, according to a Jan. 30 release.

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