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Bid Title: Montana Legislative Lobbyist Services
Category: Professional Services
Status: Open
Bid Recipient: Liz Kampa-Weatherwax, Purchasing Agent


The City of Billings, Montana, is seeking to hire a qualified and competent individual or firm to provide State Legislative Lobbyist Services. The City is interested in entering into a two-year contract with the successful individual or firm, commencing on July 1, 2018. The City further reserves the right to exercise the option to renew the contract for an additional two years by mutual agreement of both parties.

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Publication Date/Time:
3/8/2018 4:45 PM
Publication Information:
Published in Yellowstone County News 3/9 & 3/16/18
Closing Date/Time:
3/30/2018 5:00 PM
Submittal Information:
Liz Kampa-Weatherwax, Purchasing Agent, P. O. Box 1178, Billings, MT 59103
Contact Person:
Liz Kamp-Weatherwax, Purchasing Agent
Business Hours:
Mon.-Fri., 8 am to 5 pm
Fax Number:
To be eligible to respond to this RFP, the Proposer(s) must demonstrate that they have successfully performed the services in the Scope of Work section of this RFP. At a minimum, qualification submittals should include:

1. A list of clients, particularly non-profit or public service organization clients, for whom you have performed these services within the past five (5) years. Include agency, contact name, address, email address, telephone and fax numbers;
2. A list of current clients and the percentage of time committed to each, for who you currently perform these services. Include agency, contact name, address, email address, telephone and fax numbers;
3. A history of your organization, including a current organization chart (if applicable), and any other appropriate descriptive information which will be helpful in our evaluation of your qualifications and experience. Include the number of years you have provided state lobbying services, a brief scope of services provided, fees charged and the name of the staff member who managed the contract;
4. Identify the principal who will be directly responsible for lobbyist services for the City. If applicable, identify any supporting team members and their individual roles in the City’s contract, including how many years the principal and each member has been lobbying at the state level.

Special Requirements:
The City prefers Proposer(s) maintain an active presence in Helena, Montana. It is also desirable for Proposer(s) to have a working knowledge of Billings and Yellowstone County local government issues. Proposers shall possess or have continual and immediate access to legal and legislative expertise sufficient to execute all tasks and responsibilities in a thorough, competent and professional manner. The names, resumes and qualifications of all professional personnel proposed for these services shall be submitted as a part of your RFP response.

The City of Billings is the largest city in Montana, with an estimated 2018 population of 113,780. The City provides the normal range of governmental services including Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Road Maintenance, Planning, Zoning, Building and Code Enforcement to its citizens.
Further, it is the market center for about 500,000 people from a region encompassing all of Montana, northern Wyoming and the Dakotas. The City enjoys a flourishing retail sector, boasting a 220,000 square foot Scheels store, Cabela’s and two shopping malls. Two hospitals, two four-year colleges and a college of technology also serve the community and the region. The City’s fiscal year begins July 1st and ends on June 30th. As the largest city in Montana, Billings has special needs and issues that it asks the Legislature to consider. The Montana League of Cities and Town does broad-issue, statewide lobbying, but Billings needs a lobbyist to provide more detailed and Billings-specific legislative lobbying services, but expects the City lobbyist to work in conjunction with the MLCT lobbyist on common issues.

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