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Denver issuing RFP for workforce contractor

Proposals sought for the continued operations and management of Denver’s  
public workforce system, beginning July 2020

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) is seeking proposals from future providers of the public workforce system within the City and County of Denver. The request for proposals (RFP) will be available on Wednesday, October 16 through the city procurement portal at

DEDO seeks proposals for a Comprehensive Service Provider which will serve as both the One-Stop Operator, and Service Provider for related job seeker and employer services, employing vision, innovation, accountability, and efficient and effective use of resources in workforce development programming.

As the One-Stop Operator, the provider will convene the larger workforce system to align programs and services with other agencies and partners. Additionally, the contractor will be responsible for the delivery of services authorized by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program through the U.S. Department of Labor. Contracted services will include the operations and management of Denver’s Workforce Centers (also known as “One-Stop Centers”); training and employment assistance for adults, youth and dislocated workers; and talent recruitment, retention and training services for employers.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Denver Workforce Development Board, DEDO staff and other evaluators. Proposals will be ranked according to scores and proposed services, with final review and approval made by the Denver Workforce Development Board and DEDO senior management. Contracts exceeding $500,000 in value will be presented to the Denver City Council for approval.

A pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held on November 4, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. at the Westside Workforce Center, 1200 Federal Blvd, Suite 100. The proposal submission deadline is December 11, 2019. Contracts will be awarded in the spring of 2020, with contracts beginning on July 1, 2020.