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IT Consultant Request for Qualifications

Organizational Background

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is a local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting water resources within the 178 square miles that drain into Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has collected and maintained extensive water and natural resource data which have supported implementation of over 70 capital projects resulting in the conservation and restoration of over 700 acres of land. MCWD employs a dedicated professional staff of 26 who specialize in natural resource planning, project development, land conservation, land use policy, water quality monitoring, permitting, education, and communication.

Project Overview

MCWD seeks qualifications from firms to provide information technology consulting services. MCWD has undergone a comprehensive organizational review and strategic planning effort to realign the organizational priorities and operations.  One key area identified for change and improvement through this process was the information technology systems, including software, processes, and procedures, utilized by the District.

Based on the findings from the strategic planning effort, the District conducted a business analysis to identify the primary business functions (of the organization and constituent departments), the processes utilized by each function, and the points of intersection across functional areas. The business analysis has helped the District identify the systemic gaps and deficiencies with the current IT systems and identify desired system capabilities we want to achieve with a comprehensive update. 

MCWD is seeking the services of a consultant to help the District develop and implement a comprehensive technology update.  Desired services include: 1) identification of systems/software to support the organization’s identified business functions and processes, 2) testing, selection and implementation of the systems, 3) phasing of the implementation, 4) integration of systems, 5) implementation and sustainment budget planning, and 6) user/staff training.

Submittal Requirements

Statements of Qualifications shall be submitted in electronic format by 4:00 P.M., March 26, 2019 to admin@minnehahacreek.org.

Informational Meeting

An informational meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on March 12, 2019 (15320 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55345) to answer any questions about the project or process. At this time, MCWD staff will present an overview of the current infrastructure and a summary of the goals and focus areas to any consultants interested. Please RSVP and submit any questions via email in advance of the meeting to creynolds@minnehahacreek.org. Questions should be received by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019.  A conference call line can be established for the informational meeting upon request.

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