Invitation to Bid - Provide Rail Service Operations

Deadline:

Provide Rail Service Operations

About Harrison County Development Commission
The Harrison County Development Commission is the lead economic development agency for Harrison County, Mississippi and provides growth opportunities for new companies, expanding companies and entrepreneurs by delivering high quality services and sites to local, regional, national and international businesses. Harrison County is centrally located on the Gulf of Mexico and Interstate 10 corridor, between Louisiana and Alabama; the coastal region has a strong, diversified economy with an extensive range of amenities.

Mission
Seeking a specialized, experienced company to operate short line rail service for the Harrison County Development Commission.  Please respond in detail with a business plan to accomplish the items below.  

  • Manage, operate and maintain the line
  • Maximize economic impact to the County
  • Market appropriately to both existing and new businesses
  • Identify new development opportunities

Phase Development
All phases are mutually interchangeable. Rank in order of importance then provide potential business opportunities for each phase.

  • Phase 1:       Seaway
  • Phase 2:       North Harrison County Industrial Complex

Submittal Requirements

  • Firm history, qualifications, legal business status, representative(s) contact information
  • State in which firm incorporated or in the individual domiciled
  • Financial capability and financial contribution as an offset to operating concession
  • Experience working with Kansas City Southern Railway Company and CSX
  • Maintenance and Marketing plans
  • Provide copy of insurance
  • Unique characteristics or differentiators that sets your company apart
  • Fee structure for public-private partnership
  • Cost breakdown based on your analysis of the Commission’s situation
  • Lease drafts with terms and or other operating agreements you would propose

Contact for Additional Information or Questions - Bill Lavers, Executive Director
228-896-5020 / email: 
blavers@mscoast.org

Submittal Deadline due no later than Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. CST to Marcia Crawford, email:  mcrawford@mscoast.org

Bids will be publicly opened and recorded at 9:00 a.m. CST, Thursday December 17th, 2020.

This is an invitation to provide services.  All information submitted by each entity will be held in confidence.  The final decision rest on the full approval of the Harrison County Development Commission and the Harrison County Board of Supervisors.  The Development Commission reserves the right at any time to not award a bid and or select a provider based on the totality of the proposal.

Bids may be held by the Owner for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from the date of the opening of bids for the purpose of reviewing the bids and investigating the qualifications of Bidders, prior to awarding of the Contract.

 

Harrison County Development Commission
12281 Intraplex Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
228.896.5020

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

President
Appointed by City of Long Beach
Jimmy Levens

Jimmy Levens

Vice President
JLB Construction, LLC
Appointed by Harrison County, District 3
Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke

Treasurer
Appointed by City of Pass Christian
John "Shorty" Sneed

John “Shorty” Sneed

Secretary
Appointed by City of Gulfport
Sharon Bentz Mustered

Sharon Bentz Mustered

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Warren Conway

Warren Conway

Conway Attorney at Law
Appointed by Harrison County, District 4
Rip Daniels

Rip Daniels

Appointed by Harrison County, District 1
Brian Gollott

Brian Gollott

Gollott & Sons Seafood, Inc.
Appointed by City of D’Iberville
M Leonard

Michael Leonard

City of Biloxi
Appointed by City of Biloxi
Mark Schloegel

Mark Schloegel

Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Windy Swetman

Windy Swetman

Commissioner
Swetman Security Service
Appointed by Harrison County, District 5
Bill Lavers

Bill Lavers

Executive Director
Gia Blackwell

Gia Blackwell

Director, Utility Operations
Marcia A. Crawford

Marcia A. Crawford

Director, Marketing & Relocation
Lori Frazier

Lori Frazier

Director of Finance
J Gibson

Jason Gibson, P.E.

Director of Engineering Services
Brandi Hough

Brandi Hough

Director, Business Development
M McGraw

Michelle McGraw

Relationship Manager
Derek D

Derek Duckworth

Utility Technician
K Steele

Kevin Steele

Utility Technician
Barbara Rominger

Barbara Rominger

Accountant
P McQuillan

Payton McQuillan

College Intern