To what extent will the Racing and Gaming Commission provide assistance in gaining cooperation from other state agencies in compiling summaries of confidential data related to employment, public assistance, tax revenue, crime, and other statistics needed to gage different types of impacts associated with casino gambling? Based on prior experience interagency agreements are often required to facilitate such information requests. The Commission would not be involved, other than a courtesy phone call to an agency letting them know what is going on. It would be up to each agency as to whether they would release the information to the successful applicant or not.
For the proposal and study, is it permissible to regroup the questions posed in the RFP as long as the original numbering for different questions is cited in the proposal? For example, the flow of the analysis may be improved by reorganizing issues identified in the RFP so that economic and jobs impacts are addressed in one section, fiscal impacts in a second section, community services impacts in a third section, personal and family impacts in a fourth section, etc. The report can be presented in any fashion as long as the information required in the RFP is included in the report and identified.
Would it be permissible to use comparable communities from other Midwestern states in an economic impact analysis that matches Iowa casino communities with similar communities that do not have casinos? Because most of Iowa’s metropolitan areas have casinos doing comparable communities analysis using just communities in Iowa will be problematic. If that is how you propose to gather the information required of the RFP, include that in your proposal.
Would prior consulting work for Iowa casino operators disqualify our group from being considered for this study? Not for this study.
Can/Will the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission be able to help facilitate access to respondents for survey purposes? Potential respondents might include samples of state residents; casino/racetrack management and employees; police, fire, and city officials; social service providers; and economic development managers. Or is will the hired consultant need to fully ID and pursue on their own? The Commission would not be involved, other than a courtesy phone call to an agency letting them know what is going on if requested by the successful applicant.
Can/Will the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission be able to help facilitate access to data/records from the state and from casinos/racetracks? This could include customer or employee records from casinos/racetracks and/or statewide emergency call data, etc. The Commission would not be involved, other than a courtesy phone call to an agency letting them know what is going on if requested by the successful applicant.
Has the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission already gathered related first- or second-hand data on their own and can that be made available to the hired consultant? The Commission has no data relative to the proposed study.
Can the Commission help the hired consultant gain access to survey data compiled by the University of Northern Iowa team? The Commission was not involved with the first study but would be willing to make a courtesy phone call.
Does the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission have resources such as professional surveying companies that it prefers the hired consultant use or that it would/could recommend the hired consultant use? No.
Under Section 4 of the RFP, Specifications and Technical Requirements, for items 4.1.1 through 4.7.8 on p 17-21, is there a requirement for original research only or is meta analysis sufficient whereby the method would focus on contrasting and combining existing research? Is meta analysis acceptable for any of the questions but not all? If so, can you specify which ones? In your response to the RFP you would include how you would conduct the study. Based on all RFPs submitted, the Commission members would make a decision based on all factors included in the submission.
Can the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission provide the amount paid for the previous study? Is there a defined budget for the current RFP? The Commission was not involved with the previous study and is not completely aware of the cost. The Commission has requested up to $125,000 for the study.
Under Section 3 of the RFP, items 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 on p. 14 seem to require that proposers submit one original and 8 copies of the technical proposal and one original and 8 copies of the cost proposal (so 18 documents in total). Is this correct? Can the originals and copies of each proposal be submitted in a single sealed envelope (so one envelope would contain the technical proposal original and copies and one envelope would contain the cost proposal original and copies)? The direction seems to indicate that each original and each copy should be placed in individual envelopes (item 3.1.1 says mark as "1 of 8, 2 of 8, etc.?), in which case we must submit 18 sealed envelopes? You are correct, there would be 18 sealed envelopes marked accordingly. However, all envelopes can be submitted in one large envelope for mailing purposes.
Are we required to submit a DVD/CD with each proposal original and copy? So 18 DVD/CDs? Are flash drives acceptable in lieu of CDs? You only need to submit one DVD/CD for the technical proposal and one DVD/CD for the cost proposal. No flash drives.
Is there any local preference given in the evaluation process to firms located in the State of Iowa? That will be taken into consideration.