Expired Requests for Information

Below please find a list of expired RFIs offered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (“RFI”) 2021-RFI-CE-139
Bridge Financing for New Jersey Energy Efficiency Contractors Pending Their Receipt of Incentive Payments

  1. INTENT/SUMMARY OF SCOPE

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“Authority”, “NJEDA”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey operating as the New Jersey Green Fund (the “NJGF”), is seeking information and ideas from qualified entities (“Respondents”), including capital providers, energy efficiency contractors (“EE Contractors”), New Jersey natural gas and electric investor-owned utilities (“Utilities”), non-profit organizations, researchers and other industry/trade groups.

This Request for Information (RFI) is issued by the NJGF to seek information from organizations and individuals with perspectives on the challenges faced by EE Contractors undertaking energy efficiency projects in New Jersey, due to availability or cost of capital. The objective is to better assess the potential for bridge financing that can fund EE Contractors until receipt of project-related cash incentives payable to them by Utilities or the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (“NJCEP”). The NJGF is especially interested to gather insight and perspectives from lending intermediaries (“Lending Intermediaries”) that may be interested in applying for loans from the NJGF that they would then use to fund such bridge financing, as well as from EE Contractors that may be interested in making use of it.

This RFI is in anticipation of the NJGF establishing a “loan-to-lender” program under which it will make loans to qualified Lending Intermediaries (“Master Loans”) who will in turn use such funding to make incentive bridge loans to EE Contractors operating in New Jersey.

  1. BACKGROUND

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The Authority is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create high-quality jobs for New Jersey residents and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the Authority creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

As contemplated by the State’s 2019 Energy Master Plan and its current three-year Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Strategic Funding Plan, the Authority is designing and launching the New Jersey Green Fund. When launched, the NJGF’s is expected to provide funding to New Jersey businesses that leverage private capital to cost-effectively accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies in New Jersey in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote an inclusive clean energy economy.

New Jersey’s marketplace for energy efficiency measures is currently in a state of transition. Effective July 1, 2021, the administration of the majority of the State’s energy efficiency-related cash incentive programs shifted from the NJCEP to the State’s Utilities. Moreover, under the 2018 Clean Energy Act that mandates this transition, the State established very ambitious performance targets for energy efficiency gains that the Utilities are required to meet. In order to meet those targets, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) has approved three-year energy efficiency incentive budgets proposed by the Utilities. In the aggregate, these budgets represent more than twice the level of funding provided for the previous comparable NJCEP-administered programs

As a result of these legislative mandates and the expanded availability of cash incentives for energy efficiency measures, the level of energy efficiency contracting in the State is expected to increase dramatically during the next three years. Although energy efficiency incentives in New Jersey are structured, to be paid to the applicable project property owner, EE contractors commonly provide the property owner a credit for the expected incentive payment amount, in exchange for property owners assigning the incentive payouts to them.

The objective of the proposed “loan-to-lender” program contemplated in this RFI is to help position EE Contractors that have working capital-constraints, to grow their businesses: the expectation is that by improving their cash flow, it will enable them to increase their pace of project execution and more effectively plan for the staffing and other needs of their businesses.

The NJGF intends to provide Master Loans (subject to commercially reasonable underwriting standards) to Lending Intermediaries that will finance EE Contractors that undertake energy efficiency projects at residential, commercial, industrial, and/or institutional buildings in the State that are funded in part by incentives provided by one or more Utilities and/or the NJCEP. The Master Loans would be in the form of short-term (e.g., 1-3 year) extendable loans to Lending Intermediaries. Lending Intermediaries will use the Master Loans to fund loans to EE Contractors to bridge the timing gap between project cost outlays and receipt of incentive payments from Utilities and/or the NJCEP, with the assignment of such incentive payments providing security of the repayment of the bridge loans. The debt financing from the NJGF is expected to bear interest at or below prevailing market rates for comparable loans. Special incentives will be considered for the financing support of EE Contractors that serve overburdened communities.

  1. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (if applicable)

This section is not applicable to this RFI.

  1. RFI RESPONSE QUESTIONS

Please answer all questions that are relevant to you or your organization, to the best of your ability. We recognize that no individual Respondent is likely to be able to answer all questions. Answers to these questions are understood to be preliminary and non-binding, and the NJGF may contact Respondents to request that they provide responses to follow up questions. Unless disclosure is authorized by Respondent or is required by the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (see Section 10 of this RFI) or otherwise by law, all responses received by the NJGF shall be kept confidential.

Respondents are free to structure responses as necessary to increase clarity and efficiency of submissions.

Questions directed to all Respondents

  1. Please provide your first and last name, contact email, phone number and information about your organization, including the basis for your interest in the subject of this RFI and your qualifications/expertise relevant to the subject matter. If Respondent is a business, please include details regarding the general nature of your business, annual revenues, number of employees and headquarter location.
  2. In making Master Loans, what types of conditions, if any, should the NJGF place on the bridge loans that Lending Intermediaries make to EE Contractors? Please comment on bridge loan financial terms such as interest rate, loan duration, loan security, etc., as well as any other conditions you consider significant.
  3. What measures, if any, should the NJGF implement to help ensure that Master Loans are used by Lending Intermediaries to extend a sufficient number of compliant bridge loans, e.g., access to additional funding from the NJGF or a decrease in the interest rate charged?
  4. Under a program of the type contemplated herein, what is (a) the optimal line size for a Lending Intermediary to deploy to the NJ EE bridge financing market in New Jersey?
  5. Please identify the energy efficiency-related cash incentive programs administered by the Utilities or the NJCEP that a loan-to-lender program could most strongly support, and why you believe this to be the case.
  6. Are there other aspects of the proposed loan-to-lender program that you would like to mention?
    Questions directed to prospective Lending Intermediaries
  7. Please describe your organization’s lending activities, if any, related to incentive programs to support energy efficiency projects for residential, commercial, industrial, and/or institutional customers, either in or outside of New Jersey. Have you provided energy efficiency incentive bridge loans before, or bridge financing unrelated to energy efficiency contracting? How long have you been in this market segment and how large is your portfolio?
  8. Please describe your organization’s experience working with energy efficiency contractors (including general contractors and sub-contractors) implementing energy efficiency projects for residential, commercial, industrial, and/or institutional customers in New Jersey and in other states. Please include experience (if any) with construction lending.
  9. How likely is it that your organization would be interested in applying for a Master Loan for the purposes set forth above?
  10. Based upon your current funding arrangements, what are the typical terms (e.g., interest rate, maturity, collateral) for incentive bridge loans (as described above) that your firm would offer to contractors in New Jersey? If your firm has not made such loans before, what do you expect would be typical terms for loans you would offer, again, based upon your existing funding arrangements?
  11. Please indicate your expected cost of debt financing to fund such loans if you did not receive a loan from the NJGF? Beyond the interest rate, are there other commercial terms that you would consider when making the decision whether to obtain a Master Loan? Please describe.
  12. Please provide any other information that you believe NJGF should take into consideration in designing a loan-to-lender program. Please be specific to terms that would be attractive to both the Lending Intermediaries that would borrow from the NJGF and the EE Contractors that would borrow from the Lending Intermediaries.
    Questions directed to EE Contractors
  13. Does your company credit building owners/customers that are undertaking projects for the incentives that they expect to receive from a Utility or the NJCEP? If so, to what extent do you regarding these crediting arrangements to be a competitive necessity for your business?
  14. Within the past three years have you used energy efficiency incentives-supported bridge financing, factoring or arrangements to improve your business’s working capital position? If so, with what counter-parties and under what financial terms? What has been your effective cost of capital under these arrangements?
  15. How likely is your company to apply for funding from a Lending Intermediary under the contemplated program to bridge expected energy efficiency incentive payouts, assuming that relatively attractive financing terms are offered? If likely, please indicate the estimated dollar volume of loans you would expect to request over the next (i) 12 months, (ii) 24 months, and (iii) 36 months, both in terms of maximum Lender Intermediary exposure to you as borrower and the aggregate value of the incentive payouts to be bridged?
  16. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (From Respondents to the EDA)

All questions concerning this RFI must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST, on Friday, January 7, 2022 mail to: NJGreenFundRFI@njeda.com

The subject line of the e-mail should state:
Questions-2021-RFI-CE-139 : Bridge Financing for NJ Energy Efficiency Contractors

Answers to questions submitted will be publicly posted on the Authority’s website, under the Office of Economic Transformation RFIs section, on or about Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

IT IS THE RESPONDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THIS WEBSITE REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

  1. RESPONSE DETAILS

All RFI responses must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST, on Friday, January 21, 2022 via e-mail to: NJGreenFundRFI@njeda.com

The subject line of the e-mail should state:
RFI Response-2021-RFI-CE-139: Bridge Financing for NJ Energy Efficiency Contractors

  1. FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS (from EDA) / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Respondents may be asked to provide additional information to allow the Authority to better understand their responses.

  1. PROPRIETARY AND/OR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

The Authority reserves the right to copy any information provided by the Respondents. The Authority reserves the right to use ideas that are provided by Respondents, applicants, stakeholders, or vendors. By submitting a Response, the submitter represents that such copying or use of information will not violate any copyrights, licenses, or other agreements with respect to information submitted or product solutions demonstrated, if applicable. Responses must clearly be marked for any information the Respondent deems Proprietary and/or Confidential.

  1. DISCLAIMER / NO OBLIGATION

This RFI is not a request for qualification/proposal. It may or may not result in further action.

This RFI is issued solely as a means of gathering information regarding the Authority’s desire to understand the types of products and level of service available in the market to meet the Authority’s needs. Interested parties responding to this RFI do so at their own expense. There will be no monetary compensation from the Authority for the time and effort spent in preparing the response to this RFI. All expenses incurred are the sole responsibility of the Respondent.

Should the Authority decide to move forward and announce a program/product or issue an RFQ/P related to this RFI, Respondents need not have submitted a response to this RFI in order to be eligible to respond to the RFQ/P or be eligible for the program/product. Should an RFQ/P be issued, responding to this RFI will not affect scoring or consideration for that process.

The Authority is under no obligation to contact Respondents to this RFI.

  1. NEW JERSEY OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT

Respondents should be aware that responses to this RFI are subject to the “New Jersey Open Public Records Act” (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.), as amended and including all applicable regulations and policies and applicable case law, including the New Jersey Right-to-Know law. All information submitted in response to the RFI is considered public information, notwithstanding any disclaimers to the contrary, except as may be exempted from public disclosure by OPRA and the common law.

Any proprietary and/or confidential information submitted in response to this RFI will be redacted by the Authority. A person or entity submitting a response to this RFI may designate specific information as not subject to disclosure pursuant to the exceptions to OPRA found at N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, when such person or entity has a good faith legal and factual basis for such assertion (i.e. information that may be included in another ongoing public procurement or solicitation). The Authority reserves the right to make the determination as to what is proprietary or confidential and will advise the person or entity accordingly. The Authority will not honor any attempt to designate the entirety of a submission as proprietary, confidential and/or to claim copyright protection for the entire proposal. In the event of any challenge to the Respondent’s assertion of confidentiality with which the Authority does not concur, the Respondent shall be solely responsible for defending its designation.

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Addendum #1
Addendum #1 extends the deadline for responding to this RFI until June 25

Addendum #2
Addendum #2 extends the deadline for responding to this RFI until July 16

  1. INTENT/SUMMARY OF SCOPE
    The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA” or “Authority”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Office of the Governor, Office of the First Lady, the Nurture NJ campaign1, and its state agency partners at the Department of Health, Department of Human Services, and Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) seeking information and ideas to:

    (1) Help inform the establishment and launch of a Center (“Center” or “the Center”) in the state capital (Trenton, NJ) dedicated to maternal and infant health innovation and research, with an emphasis on addressing racial disparities and ensuring equity in care and outcomes for mothers and infants.

    (2) Build on the Nurture NJ strategic plan2 by gathering feedback on the proposed vision for the Center, including mission, vision, organizational structure, partnerships, service offerings, staffing, governance and infrastructure.

    (3) Better understand opportunities and challenges to improve maternal and infant health outcomes within the City of Trenton and across the State of New Jersey, including gaps and disparities in clinical care outcomes, as well as potential sites and logistical considerations regarding the Center’s location and operations.

    (4) Learn about models in the United States and throughout the world that should be explored when developing the Center.

NJEDA is seeking responses from qualified entities (“Respondents”) including, but not limited to: mothers; members of communities most affected by disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes; healthcare providers; hospitals and hospital systems; midwives and doulas; health organizations; universities; advocacy organizations; social services providers; municipalities, government agencies and school districts; community stakeholders; policy and academic researchers; real estate developers; business leaders, employers and entrepreneurs; technical assistance providers; and foundations and philanthropic initiatives that address infant and maternal health. NJEDA is interested in receiving responses from entities based within New Jersey as well as those located outside of the state.

The information gathered in this RFI may subsequently be used to help the Authority, its partner agencies, and other concerned entities to develop strategies, programs, or other initiatives to help accomplish this goal.

THIS RFI IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL and may not result in a subsequent RFP or further action.

2. BACKGROUND

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The Authority is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the Authority creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

In 2019, Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy launched Nurture NJ, a statewide awareness campaign committed to both reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and ensuring equitable care among women and children of all races and ethnicities. Currently, New Jersey is ranked 47th in the nation for maternal deaths and has one of the widest racial disparities for both maternal and infant mortality. A Black mother in New Jersey is seven times more likely than a white mother to die from maternity-related complications, and a Black baby is over three times more likely than a white baby to die before his or her first birthday.

The disparities in maternal and infant outcomes are not the result of differences in genes or behaviors but are mostly explained by the differential historical, social, economic, and health environments experienced by Black and brown women. These economic and social differences matter for health; they are determinants of health, and as long as they exist, so will the disparities in maternal and infant health.

Achieving the goals of Nurture NJ will require innovative and transformative action to achieve structural change. The infrastructure for maternal and infant health is not as resilient, durable or amenable to innovation as it should be. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need for these systems to be more adaptable to address emergent issues.

The Nurture NJ strategic planning process was a multi-pronged, multi-sector approach. The result was a science-based, comprehensive and actionable plan focused on equity and improved outcome for all women and infants. The Nurture NJ strategic plan features nine action areas, the third of which is to “engage multiple sectors to achieve collective impact on health3.” Within that action area, recommendation 3.3 of the strategic plan aims to “establish a Center in the state capital [Trenton] that focuses on innovation and research in maternal and infant health through partnerships with the state’s academic, funder, business, and faith communities.”

The State’s aspiration is for the Center to catalyze innovation and serve as a vital anchor for Nurture NJ, as we work to achieve the goal of making New Jersey the safest and most equitable place in the nation to give birth and raise a baby.

Given the Center’s potential to impact a high need community as well as influence the statewide (and national) policy framework, Trenton is a natural choice to host the Center. From 2016 – 2018, Mercer County (which includes Trenton) had the fourth highest number of Black infant deaths (34 out of 383 statewide) and second highest Black infant mortality rate (13.1 per 1,000 births) among all 21 NJ counties.[4]


The Trenton-based Center could serve as a hub for multiple types of services and programs, including but not limited to: a birthing facility; clinical services for prenatal care, postnatal care, family planning, and health services for infants and toddlers; a research and development facility; an innovation and idea generation hub including commercialization; training and talent development programs; maternal data quality collection; food and nutrition programs; social supports; mental health supports; and policy and advocacy initiatives.

This RFI aims to build on Nurture NJ’s tremendous knowledge base and community engagement process by gathering targeted input on the development and implementation of the Trenton-based Center. Specifically, the RFI seeks information regarding the development of the Center’s mission, vision and structure; potential operating models and locations in Trenton; services and program offerings; strategies and best practices to foster research, innovation and commercialization in maternal and infant health; and considerations for the Authority and its partner agencies in creating initiatives anchored at the Center and within the Trenton community focused on achieving equity in maternal and infant health outcomes.

3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (if applicable)
This is not applicable to this RFI. All responses are welcomed.

4. RFI RESPONSE QUESTIONS
Please answer all questions that are relevant to you or your organization, to the best of your ability. The Authority recognizes that respondents may not be able to answer all questions. Answers to these questions are understood to be preliminary and non-binding.

Respondents are free to structure responses as necessary to increase clarity and efficiency of responses.

Description of your role and qualifications:

1) Please provide information on your organization, group, government entity, or self including:

a. Your name and title

b. Your operating/business location(s), including municipality and county (if located in New Jersey)

c. Your organization type, e.g. public entity (municipality, county, school district), private business, non-profit organization, private citizen, other (please explain)

d. Your capacity and qualifications as they relate to maternal and infant health and/or the development of a maternal and infant health Center

e. If applicable, your area of service or reach within New Jersey

2) Which best describes you/your organization (list all that apply)?

a. Mother/Caregiver

b. Community member

c. Healthcare provider or facility e.g. Federally Qualified Health Centers

d. Hospital or hospital system

e. Midwife or doula

f. Women’s health organization

g. University, educational institution, policy or academic researcher

h. Advocacy organization

i. Social services provider

j. Municipality, government agency or school district

k. Business leader, employer, entrepreneur

l. Real estate developer

m. Technical assistance provider

n. Foundation or philanthropy

o. Other, please explain

Mission and structure of the Center:
3) Given the comprehensive nature of the Nurture NJ strategic plan, which elements or action areas are most vital to see reflected in the Center’s mission and vision?

4) The Center could be structured several ways, e.g. as an independent 501(c)3, as a partnership with a university, hospital and/or health care provider, etc. Can you comment on the strengths and shortcomings of these different types of structures? Are there comparable models in other disciplines or structures in other parts of the country or world that should be considered?

5) What type of partnership models could support the Center? Are there existing resources or assets that can be leveraged through different partners? Please comment on both resources that can be leveraged within the greater Trenton area as well as other resources or programs throughout the State and region that could establish a formal connection to the Trenton-based Center.

Scope and Service Offerings:
6) What are the types of services you would like to see provided through the Center? What programs could be delivered through a Center for community members?

7) Given the breadth of potential services and programs to be housed at the Center, how should the Authority and its partners consider prioritization, timeline, tradeoffs and existing resources within the Trenton area? Where would the Center have the greatest impact or address the largest unmet need? Can you comment on the benefits as well as the challenges of trying to implement these services at one site? Can you comment on the staffing or governance models that should be considered?

8) The ‘Background’ section of this RFI outlines a number of potential services and programs that could be housed at the Center. Are there services, program offerings or sub-specialty areas that are either not on the list but should be considered, or receive a particular focus as part of the Center’s development and operations?

9) As part of his pledge to build a stronger, fairer economy, Governor Murphy is committed to making New Jersey the State of Innovation and harnessing the power of innovation to create more and better jobs across the state. What type of programs or research facilities could be housed or incubated at the Center to foster innovation in the field of maternal and infant health, especially on specific fields of study related to racial disparities in maternal and child mortality and morbidity? How would the Center’s research and development activities enhance and interface with related efforts around the state, country and world?

10) The Center could serve as a hub and facilitator of innovation for commercial and non-commercial partners to focus on maternal and infant health, e.g. by providing a physical space and technical assistance, hosting ‘innovation sprints,’ helping to attract venture capital to translate research into practice, etc. Are there other models that are specifically focused on this type of incubation and innovation in maternal and infant health? How could the Center distinguish itself from other health innovation hubs?

11) The Center aspires to offer clinical services which could also include a birthing facility to help address New Jersey’s ‘birthing deserts.’ Can you comment on the barriers in obtaining quality maternal and infant health care in the Trenton area, including affordability, transportation, location, capacity, trust, social determinants of health, etc.? Please describe challenges that existed prior to COVID-19, as well as new challenges that emerged or were exacerbated due to the pandemic. What should the Center prioritize to help address these barriers and challenges?

12) Are there models from other states or countries that New Jersey should draw from when developing the Center’s scope? Are there best practices or lessons learned that should be considered? How could New Jersey incorporate these approaches as it creates its own solutions? How would the Center complement – or compete – with these models?

13) Are there specific partners in Trenton, other parts of New Jersey, or throughout the United States that you would recommend the center development team partner with? What expertise would they bring to the planning? What role do you envision them playing?

Site location and development:

14) The Center will be located within the City of Trenton. Are there specific locations or sites both currently in use and/or available for new development that could be suitable for the types of services and programs described in this RFI? Can you comment on whether the Center should be part of a mixed-use development or a standalone development?

15) Should the Center prioritize co-locating all services into one central location? If so, what are the most important factors to be considered when selecting a location? If not, what could a successful model look like with multiple locations and what would the Authority need to consider in exploring a multi-site model, e.g. transportation?

5. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

All questions concerning this RFI must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST, on Monday, May 17, 2021 via e-mail to: MaternalHealthRFI@njeda.com
The subject line of the e-mail should state: “QUESTIONS-2021-RFI-127”.

Answers to questions submitted will be publicly posted on the Authority’s website on or about Monday, May 24, 2021 at: https://www.njeda.com/bidding/#OET as Addendum.
IT IS THE RESPONDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THIS URL REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

6. RESPONSE DETAILS (Info Provided to Respondents Regarding Document Submission)
All RFI responses must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday June 1, 2021, via e-mail to: MaternalHealthRFI@njeda.com
The subject line of the e-mail should state: “RFI Response-2021-RFI-127”.

7. FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS (from EDA) / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Respondents may be asked to provide additional information to allow the Authority to better understand the responses or proposed solutions.

8. PROPRIETARY AND/OR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
The Authority reserves the right to copy any information provided by the Respondents. The Authority reserves the right to use ideas that are provided by Respondents, applicants, stakeholders, or vendors. By submitting a Response, the submitter represents that such copying or use of information will not violate any copyrights, licenses, or other agreements with respect to information submitted or product solutions demonstrated, if applicable. Responses must clearly be marked for any information the Respondent deems Proprietary and/or Confidential.

9. DISCLAIMER/NO OBLIGATION
This RFI is not a request for qualification/proposal. It may or may not result in further action.
This RFI is issued solely as a means of gathering information and ideas regarding the Authority’s desire to understand strategies to strengthen access to healthy, affordable foods in New Jersey. Interested parties responding to this RFI do so at their own expense. There will be no monetary compensation from the Authority for the time and effort spent in preparing the response to this RFI. All expenses incurred are the sole responsibility of the Respondent.
Should the Authority decide to move forward and issue an RFQ/P or announce a program/product related to this RFI, Respondents need not have submitted a response to this RFI in order to be eligible to respond to the RFP. Should an RFQ/P be issued, responding to this RFI will not affect scoring or consideration for that process.

The Authority is under no obligation to contact Respondents to this RFI.

10. NEW JERSEY OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT
Respondents should be aware that responses to this RFI are subject to the “New Jersey Open Public Records Act” (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.), as amended and including all applicable regulations and policies and applicable case law, including the New Jersey Right-to-Know law. All information submitted in response to the RFI is considered public information, notwithstanding any disclaimers to the contrary, except as may be exempted from public disclosure by OPRA and the common law.

Any proprietary and/or confidential information submitted in response to this RFI will be redacted by the Authority. A person or entity submitting a response to this RFI may designate specific information as not subject to disclosure pursuant to the exceptions to OPRA found at N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, when such person or entity has a good faith legal and/or factual basis for such assertion (i.e. information that may be included in another ongoing public procurement or solicitation). The Authority reserves the right to make the determination as to what is proprietary or confidential and will advise the person or entity accordingly. The Authority will not honor any attempt to designate the entirety of a submission as proprietary, confidential and/or to claim copyright protection for the entire proposal. In the event of any challenge to the Respondent’s assertion of confidentiality with which the Authority does not concur, the Respondent shall be solely responsible for defending its designation.

1]Learn more about Nurture NJ including the strategic plan released in 2021 at https://nurturenj.nj.gov
2] Download the Nurture NJ strategic plan as a PDF at https://nurturenj.nj.gov/wp-
content/uploads/2021/01/20210120-Nurture-NJ-Strategic-Plan.pdf
3] https://nurturenj.nj.gov/9-action-areas/
4]Nurture New Jersey 2021 Strategic Plan, page 28, download as PDF at https://nurturenj.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/20210120-Nurture-NJ-Strategic-Plan.pdf

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ADDENDUM #1 (3/31/2021)
APÉNDICE N.º 1

  1. INTENT/SUMMARY OF SCOPE

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA” or “Authority”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, in conjunction with its state agency partners at the Department of Community Affairs, Department of Agriculture, and the Office of the Governor, is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) seeking information and ideas to:

  1. Help inform the creation of a New Jersey-specific definition of “food deserts,” uniquely suited to the needs of the Garden State, as described in the Food Desert Relief Act (Sections 35-42 of the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, which was signed into law by Governor Phil D. Murphy on January 7, 2021)[1];
  2. Better understand the unique challenges faced by communities across the state regarding food security, food quality and nutritional value, including specific obstacles and disparities; and
  3. Learn about potential solutions to increase the accessibility and affordability of healthy, nutritious food for all New Jersey residents.   

NJEDA is seeking responses from qualified entities (“Respondents”) including, but not limited to: municipalities and school districts; hunger relief organizations (e.g., food banks); food retailers, producers, processors and suppliers; advocacy organizations; social services providers; supermarket and grocery store developers and operators; community stakeholders; policy and academic researchers; technical assistance providers; agricultural organizations and farm markets; developers of innovative anti-hunger and nutrition programs; and foundations and philanthropic initiatives that address hunger and food insecurity.  We are interested in receiving responses from entities based within New Jersey as well as those located outside of the state.

The information gathered in this RFI may subsequently be used to help the Authority, its partner agencies, and other concerned entities develop strategies, programs, or other initiatives to help accomplish this goal.

THIS RFI IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL and may not result in a subsequent RFP or further action.

2. BACKGROUND

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The Authority is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the Authority creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

New Jersey faces a crisis of food insecurity that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts on families across the state. In 2018, approximately 775,000 New Jerseyans reported difficulties putting food on their table at some point in the year. That number is now projected to grow by more than 50%, to a total of over 1.2 million New Jersey residents (13.5% of all residents), facing food insecurity. An estimated 365,000 New Jersey children – approximately one in five children – will experience food insecurity this year, an increase of 75%[2].  Even prior to COVID-19, significant numbers of New Jersey residents had limited access to a supermarket or grocery store; according to a 2018 analysis by the Reinvestment Fund, nearly 880,000 New Jerseyans had limited supermarket access[3].

The Food Desert Relief Act (“Act”), part of the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020[4], directs NJEDA to address the food security needs of communities across New Jersey by providing up to $40 million a year for six years in tax credits, loans, grants and/or technical assistance to increase access to nutritious foods and develop new approaches to alleviate food deserts.  

Specifically, the Act authorizes the Authority to:

  • Identify up to 50 food desert communities across the state, in coordination with the Departments of Community Affairs and Agriculture. Each food desert community will consist of a distinct geographic area with a single defined border[5].
  • Award tax credits to incentivize businesses to establish and retain new supermarkets and grocery stores[6] in food desert communities.
  • Provide grants and loans for food retailers of all sizes[7] to fund:
    • Equipment costs to store, refrigerate, transport, and/or maintain fresh food
    • Technology costs to support online ordering/e-commerce, including for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, Children (WIC)
    • Initiatives to ensure food security of residents in food desert communities
  • Offer technical assistance to assist in implementation of best practices for increasing the accessibility of nutritious foods in food desert communities.

This RFI seeks information to better understand the short- and long-term food accessibility challenges faced by communities across the state; potential initiatives to increase accessibility and affordability of healthy foods; and considerations for the Authority and its partner agencies in defining the state’s food desert communities.

3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (if applicable)

This is not applicable to this RFI. All responses are welcomed.

4. RFI RESPONSE QUESTIONS

Please answer all questions that are relevant to you or your organization, to the best of your ability. The Authority recognizes that respondents may not be able to answer all questions. Answers to these questions are understood to be preliminary and non-binding.

Respondents are free to structure responses as necessary to increase clarity and efficiency of responses.

Description of your role and qualifications:

  1. Please provide information on your organization, group, government entity, or self including:
    • Your name and title
    • Your operating/business location(s), including municipality and county (if located in New Jersey)
    • Your organization type, e.g. public entity (municipality, county, school district), private business, non-profit organization, private citizen, other (please explain)  
    • Your capacity and qualifications as they relate to food security and/or food retail 
  2. Which best describes your organization (list all that apply)?
    • Food retailer (e.g. operator of supermarket/grocery store, mid-sized or small food retail business)
    • Municipality/school district  
    • Real estate developer
    • Supermarket/grocery store developer
    • Community-based/social services/hunger relief organization
    • Advocacy organization
    • Agricultural organization/farm market
    • Financing source/investor
    • Farmer/food processor/distributor/supplier
    • Technical assistance provider
    • Research/academic institution
    • Philanthropy/foundation
    • Other, please explain
  1.  Which key areas are you/your organization most qualified to address (list all that apply)?:
    • Healthy food retail
    • Food security and anti-hunger programs
    • Supermarket and grocery store development
    • Food retail operations
    • Technical assistance for food retailers
    • Other, please explain

Food Desert definition criteria:

  1. What are the key criteria the Authority and its partner agencies should consider in defining food desert communities with low accessibility to healthy foods (e.g., income, distance to food retailer, health factors, public transportation)?
  2. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food deserts based on such factors as income, distance to supermarket, and vehicle accessibility. Are there limitations on this definition for its application to New Jersey? What are the strengths and shortcomings of this definition the State should be aware of?
  3. The Food Desert Relief Act states that the criteria to be designated a food desert in New Jersey should “at a minimum, incorporate analysis of municipal or census tract poverty statistics, food desert information from the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, and healthier food retail tract information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The departments may also consider data related to municipal or census tract population size and population density in making food desert community designations.” Are there other specific data sources that should be considered when establishing this definition?
  4. Are there models or best practices from other states or localities regarding definitions of food deserts or areas of low healthy food accessibility? How could New Jersey incorporate these approaches as it creates its own definition?

Healthy food accessibility challenges in New Jersey:

  1. What are the biggest challenges New Jersey communities face in accessing healthy foods? Please describe challenges that existed prior to COVID-19, as well as new challenges that emerged or were exacerbated due to the pandemic.
  2. What are the challenges faced by food retailers of all sizes in regards to:
    • Purchasing, storing, transporting and offering a variety of healthy, affordable foods including fruits and vegetables?
    • Accepting SNAP and WIC benefits?
    • Setting up online ordering and other e-commerce systems to facilitate food purchasing and delivery, including the transition to electronic SNAP and WIC?
  3. Can you comment on financial, regulatory and/or land use challenges related to:
    • Developing and building new supermarkets/grocery stores in food desert communities, e.g. capital needs, construction costs  
    • Operating new supermarkets/grocery stores in food desert communities, e.g. operating costs, revenue supports
  4. Can you comment on the particular challenges facing different types of communities across the state in accessing healthy, affordable foods, as well as any targeted strategies that could help address them? These include:
    • Urban communities
    • Rural communities
    • Suburban communities
    • Communities with limited English proficiency
    • Communities with low levels of vehicle accessibility and/or public transit access
    • Communities with limited digital literacy and/or digital access
    • Other, please explain

Ideas to support healthy food accessibility:

  1. What are specific supports that could help make developing and operating supermarkets and grocery stores in food desert communities more financially viable?
  2. What types of financial support, training and technical assistance would be most helpful to existing food retailers to provide a greater array of healthy food options in their stores, including retailers that speak a language other than English?
  3. What are examples of innovative strategies have been effective in increasing access to healthy, affordable foods, either in New Jersey or elsewhere? Are there models from other states or localities that New Jersey should draw from to increase access to healthy foods in food desert communities?

5. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

All questions concerning this RFI must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST, on Monday, March 22, 2021 via e-mail to:  fooddesertrfi@njeda.com.

The subject line of the e-mail should state: “QUESTIONS-2021-RFI-OET-COVID19-FoodDesert-125]”.

Answers to questions submitted will be publicly posted on the Authority’s website on or about Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at: https://www.njeda.com/bidding/#OET as Addendum.

IT IS THE RESPONDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THIS URL REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

6. RESPONSE DETAILS (Info Provided to Respondents Regarding Document Submission)

All RFI responses must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST on Monday, May 17, 2021, via e-mail to: fooddesertrfi@njeda.com.

The subject line of the e-mail should state: “RFI Response-2021-RFI-OET-COVID19-FoodDesert-125”.

7. FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS (from EDA) / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Respondents may be asked to provide additional information to allow the Authority to better understand the responses or proposed solutions.

8. PROPRIETARY AND/OR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

The Authority reserves the right to copy any information provided by the Respondents. The Authority reserves the right to use ideas that are provided by Respondents, applicants, stakeholders, or vendors. By submitting a Response, the submitter represents that such copying or use of information will not violate any copyrights, licenses, or other agreements with respect to information submitted or product solutions demonstrated, if applicable. Responses must clearly be marked for any information the Respondent deems Proprietary and/or Confidential.

9. DISCLAIMER/NO OBLIGATION

This RFI is not a request for qualification/proposal. It may or may not result in further action.

This RFI is issued solely as a means of gathering information and ideas regarding the Authority’s desire to understand strategies to strengthen access to healthy, affordable foods in New Jersey. Interested parties responding to this RFI do so at their own expense. There will be no monetary compensation from the Authority for the time and effort spent in preparing the response to this RFI. All expenses incurred are the sole responsibility of the Respondent.

Should the Authority decide to move forward and issue an RFQ/P or announce a program/product related to this RFI, Respondents need not have submitted a response to this RFI in order to be eligible to respond to the RFP. Should an RFQ/P be issued, responding to this RFI will not affect scoring or consideration for that process.

The Authority is under no obligation to contact Respondents to this RFI.

10. NEW JERSEY OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT

Respondents should be aware that responses to this RFI are subject to the “New Jersey Open Public Records Act” (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.), as amended and including all applicable regulations and policies and applicable case law, including the New Jersey Right-to-Know law. All information submitted in response to the RFI is considered public information, notwithstanding any disclaimers to the contrary, except as may be exempted from public disclosure by OPRA and the common law.

Any proprietary and/or confidential information submitted in response to this RFI will be redacted by the Authority. A person or entity submitting a response to this RFI may designate specific information as not subject to disclosure pursuant to the exceptions to OPRA found at N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, when such person or entity has a good faith legal and/or factual basis for such assertion (i.e. information that may be included in another ongoing public procurement or solicitation). The Authority reserves the right to make the determination as to what is proprietary or confidential and will advise the person or entity accordingly. The Authority will not honor any attempt to designate the entirety of a submission as proprietary, confidential and/or to claim copyright protection for the entire proposal. In the event of any challenge to the Respondent’s assertion of confidentiality with which the Authority does not concur, the Respondent shall be solely responsible for defending its designation.


[1] Learn more at https://www.njeda.com/economicrecoveryact/. The full text of the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, including the Food Desert Relief Act (Sections 35 through 42, pages 33-43) can be downloaded as a PDF at https://1e7pr71cey5c3ol2neoaoz31-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/A4_R1-NJERA-PL-2020-c156.pdf 

[2] Community Food Bank of New Jersey, “COVID-19’s Impact on Food Insecurity in New Jersey,” September 2020, https://cfbnj.org/covidimpact/

[3] Reinvestment Fund, “Assessing Place-Based Access to Healthy Food: The Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) Analysis,” July 2018, https://www.reinvestment.com/research-publications/2018-update-analysis-of-limited-supermarket-access/.

[4] Learn more at https://www.njeda.com/economicrecoveryact/. The full text of the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, including the Food Desert Relief Act (Sections 35 through 42, pages 33-43) can be downloaded as a PDF at https://1e7pr71cey5c3ol2neoaoz31-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/A4_R1-NJERA-PL-2020-c156.pdf 

[5] The Food Desert Relief Act does not define “food desert.” It directs the NJEDA, in consultation with the Departments of Agriculture and Community Affairs, to develop criteria to initially designate not more than 50 separate geographic areas as food desert communities, each consisting of a distinct geographic area with a single defined border. See question 6 of this RFI for more details.

[6] “Supermarket or grocery store” is defined as a retail outlet with at least 16,000 square feet, of which at least 90 percent is occupied by food and related products.

[7] In addition to supermarkets and grocery stores, this includes “Mid-sized food retailers” defined as a medium-sized retail outlet with at least 2,500 but less than 16,000 square feet, of which at least 75 percent is occupied by food and related products and “Small food retailer” defined as a small retail outlet, with less than 2,500 square feet, that sells a limited selection of foods and other products, such as a bodega, convenience store, corner store, neighborhood store, small grocery, or small-scale store.

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA” or “Authority”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, in conjunction with its state agency partners at the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), Department of Children and Families (“DCF”), and the Office of the Governor, is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) seeking information and ideas to build the business capacity and sustainability of child care providers in New Jersey.

NJEDA is seeking responses from qualified entities (“Respondents”) including, but not limited to: child care providers (e.g., licensed child care centers; license-exempt providers; registered family child care providers; home-based providers; and family, friend, neighbor providers); child care technical assistance providers; child care advocacy organizations; business and entrepreneurship support organizations; Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies; Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) providing loans and/or financial support to child care providers; policy and academic researchers; and foundations and philanthropic initiatives that support child care.

This RFI is issued by the Authority to seek information on obstacles and potential disparities in business capacity and sustainability that have been encountered by child care providers of all types. NJEDA also seeks ideas on solutions to such obstacles and disparities, including, but not limited to: training and technical assistance programs for child care providers on business operations; expanded partnerships among providers; and funding sources to support child care operations. The Authority is interested in hearing perspectives from organizations that could potentially deliver technical assistance to child care providers within New Jersey. Finally, the Authority also seeks to gather information on new issues that have emerged due to COVID-19, as well as longstanding challenges that have constrained the sector’s growth and sustainability.

ADDENDUM #1 – Questions & Answers (12/24/20)
ADDENDUM # 2 – Questions & Answers (1/15/21)
ADDENDUM #3 (1/29/21)
2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-116 – Building the Resilience of New Jersey’s Child Care Sector

La Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (“NJEDA” o “Authority”), una Autoridad independiente del Estado de New Jersey, en conjunto con sus socios de agencias estatales en el Departamento de Servicios Humanos (“DHS”), el Departamento de Niños y Familias (“DCF”) y la Oficina del Gobernador, emite esta Solicitud de información (Request for Information, RFI) en busca de información e ideas para construir capacidad y sostenibilidad empresarial de proveedores de cuidado infantil de New Jersey.

La NJEDA busca respuestas de entidades calificadas (“Partes instadas”) que incluyen, entre otras: proveedores de cuidado infantil (p. ej., centros de cuidado infantil con licencia, proveedores exentos de licencia, proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar registrados, proveedores a domicilio, y proveedores familiares, amigos y vecinos), proveedores de asistencia técnica de cuidado infantil, organizaciones de defensa del cuidado infantil, organizaciones que apoyan a las empresas e iniciativas empresariales, agencias de Recursos y derivación de cuidado infantil (Child Care Resource Referral, CCR&R), instituciones financieras para el desarrollo de la comunidad (Community Development Financial Institutions, CDFI) que proporcionan préstamos o apoyo financiero a proveedores de cuidado infantil, investigadores de políticas y académicos y fundaciones e iniciativas filantrópicas que apoyan el cuidado infantil.

La Autoridad emite esta RFI para buscar información referente a los obstáculos y posibles desigualdades en capacidad y sostenibilidad empresarial que los proveedores de cuidado infantil de todos los tipos han enfrentado. La NJEDA también busca ideas para soluciones a estos obstáculos y desigualdades, que incluyen, entre otros: programas de capacitación y asistencia técnica para proveedores de cuidado infantil sobre operaciones empresariales, ampliación de las alianzas entre proveedores y fuentes de financiamiento para apoyar las operaciones de cuidado infantil. La Autoridad también está interesada en escuchar perspectivas de organizaciones que posiblemente podrían ofrecer asistencia técnica a proveedores de cuidado infantil dentro de New Jersey. Finalmente, la Autoridad también busca recabar información sobre nuevos problemas que han surgido debido a la COVID-19, además de desafíos de larga duración que han limitado el crecimiento y la sostenibilidad del sector.

2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-116 – Construir la resiliencia del sector de cuidado infantil de New Jersey

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“Authority” or “NJEDA”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, is seeking information from qualified entities (“Respondents”) regarding the potential leasing of certain parcels at the New Jersey Wind Port, being developed at Lower Alloways Creek, New Jersey (the “Port”).

Announced by Governor Murphy in June this year, the 200-acre Port is set to become the first dedicated offshore wind (OSW) port in the United States, purpose-built to meet the OSW industry’s unique requirements for component assembly, staging and transportation.

The Port will be developed in phases, with Phase One starting construction in 2021 and reaching completion in mid-2023, and Phase Two targeted to reach completion in early 2026. Phase One will comprise two parcels: Parcel A (30 acres), an area purpose-built for marshalling and assembly; and Parcel G (25 acres), which can be used for component manufacturing or potentially as an additional storage or staging area.

Prior work confirmed a strong economic case for new hub-style port capacity and has enabled the Authority to identify a site and define key project parameters (e.g., scope of activities, development footprint and timeframe). The Authority has been working with its financial, legal and technical advisors to further refine development plans and to shape future leasing processes.

The Authority is now issuing a Request for Information (“RFI”) targeted at OSW developers and supply chain entities interested in potential use of the Port to service New Jersey and non-NJ wind projects. Specifically, the Authority is interested in receiving comments, questions, recommendations, facts, information, and responses relating to:

• Marshalling and/or manufacturing location decision drivers;
• Lease periods; and
• Acceptable lease terms

2020-RFI-OET-NJ WIND PORT LEASE RFI-110 – New Jersey Wind Port Tenant Leasing Approaches

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA” or the “Authority”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, in conjunction with its state agency partners and the Office of the Governor, is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) seeking information and ideas to bridge the digital divide for New Jersey’s Pre-K-to-12 students.

These perspectives will help the Authority better understand potential solutions to ensure that New Jersey’s students, educators and parents/guardians have sufficient access to the appropriate digital technology, internet connectivity and training to foster successful remote learning (as needed), as the State continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information gathered in this RFI may subsequently be used to help the Authority, its partner agencies, and other concerned entities develop strategies, programs, or other initiatives to help accomplish this goal.

ADDENDUM #1 – Questions & Answers (7/27/2020)
2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-109 – Bridging the Digital Divide for New Jersey’s Students

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority to seek information from entities and/or individuals with perspectives on the deployment of zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) as well as related charging equipment and infrastructure. For the purpose of this RFI, the term “MHDV” is broadly defined as encompassing both on-road vehicles2 as well as off-road goods-moving equipment, such as equipment used at ports, airports, and large distribution centers.

The Authority is interested in receiving information (including but not limited to comments, questions, recommendations, white papers, tools, case studies, information, ideas, references, and general responses, e.g., willingness to participate in a focus group or demonstration project) that will help it to shape new zero-emission MHDV programs and initiatives in New Jersey using proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). More specifically, this RFI aims to help the Authority better understand:

1. The extent to which MHDV owners and/or operators are currently utilizing zero-emission technologies, and/or are considering them in their future procurement pipeline;

2. The key barriers (financial and non-financial) that entities face in deploying zero-emission MHDVs and associated charging equipment;

3. How the Authority can best support and incentivize entities in transitioning to zero-emission MHDVs and equipment; and

4. Potential supports that would enable New Jersey to grow existing and attract new zero-emission MHDV supply chain businesses, and prospective supply chain businesses.

2020-RFI-OET-TL-098 – Supporting the Transition to Zero-Emission Commercial Transportation

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA” or the “Authority”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, in conjunction with its state agency partners and the Office of the Governor, is seeking information and ideas from qualified entities with perspectives on how to ensure that the state’s small businesses have affordable and equitable access to the appropriate personal protective equipment (“PPE”) and safeguarding tools that they will need to reopen and operate safely in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Qualified entities that could respond include but are not limited to: PPE manufacturers and suppliers, technology companies, medical or office equipment retailers or wholesalers, firms specializing in distribution, existing or new buying cooperatives or consortia, non-profit organizations, industry or trade groups, and post-secondary educational institutions.  Qualified entities may include organizations that could offer ideas that would be full solutions to the sourcing and distribution of PPE, as well as entities whose expertise covers merely one aspect of the need, e.g., technology providers or small business experts.

The purpose of this RFI is to collect facts, information, and ideas that will help the Authority better understand potential solutions to ensure New Jersey’s smaller economic participants have sufficient access to affordable PPE to allow for safe and efficient reopening and continued operations as the state continues to recover from the health and safety effects and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  
The information gathered in this RFI may subsequently be used to help the Authority, its partner agencies, and other concerned entities develop strategies, programs, or other initiatives to help accomplish this goal.

ADDENDUM 1 – Questions & Answers (6/26/2020)
2020-RFI-OET-Covid19-107 – Facilitating PPE Readiness for New Jersey Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations

Addendum #1 (04/13/2020) – All RFI responses must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 pm ET, on Friday, May 29, 2020, via email to RFI-PotentialGreenFund@njeda.com. 
The subject line of the e-mail should state: “RFI Response-2020-RFI-OET-CE-102-Potential Green Fund”.

In accordance with the State of New Jersey’s recently released Energy Master Plan (“EMP”, “Plan”), the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“Authority”, “NJEDA”), an independent authority of the State of New Jersey, is seeking information and ideas from qualified entities and individuals with perspectives on the potential establishment of a green bank, fund or other financing mechanism to support clean energy-related investments in New Jersey (“Respondents”).  For the purposes of this RFI, any potential future clean energy-related financing mechanism is referred to a “Green Fund”.  

This Request for Information (RFI) is issued by the NJEDA to seek perspectives on clean energy financing.  The NJEDA is interested in receiving comments, questions, recommendations, facts, information, information, ideas and responses that will help the NJEDA to identify and better understand the issues that need to be addressed in the context of establishing and operating a Green Fund.  

ADDENDUM #1 – Clarifications and/or Modifications (04/13/2020)

2020-RFI-OET-CE-102 – Potential Green Financing Mechanism to be Established by the State of New Jersey

Addendum #1 (03/26/2020) – All questions concerning this RFI must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST, on  June 30, 2020. Answers to questions submitted will be publicly posted on this page, on or about July 13, 2020. 

All RFI responses must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST, on July 29, 2020. 

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“Authority”, “NJEDA”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey, is seeking information and ideas from qualified entities (“Respondents”), including, but not limited to fund managers, angel
investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and small-business owners, researchers and practitioners involved in entrepreneurial work, relevant industry/trade groups, and other state governments.

This Request for Information (RFI) is issued by the Authority to seek information from firms and individuals with perspectives on the structural obstacles and potential disparities encountered by high-growth start-ups run by Black and Latinx entrepreneurs in New Jersey when seeking venture or seed funding, both private and public. The NJEDA also seeks interest and ideas on solutions to such obstacles and disparities, including, but not limited to, existing venture and seed funds that specifically invest in Black and Latinx-owned/run high-growth businesses. The Authority is especially interested to hear perspectives from those firms that may be interested in expanding those solutions within New Jersey or investing in Black and Latinx-owned New Jersey businesses. This includes the potential establishment of a diversity seed fund for Black and Latinx owned businesses in the State.

ADDENDUM #1 – Clarifications and/or Modifications (03/26/2020)

2020-RFI-OET-TLS-099 – Options for Expanding Access to Seed Capital for Black and Latinx Entrepreneur

Anexo n.º 1 (26 de marzo de 2020): Todas las preguntas relacionadas con esta Solicitud de Información (Request for Information, RFI) se deben enviar por escrito antes de las 11:59 p. m., hora del este, del día 30 de junio de 2020. Las respuestas a las preguntas enviadas se publicarán en esta página el 13 de julio de 2020, o alrededor de esa fecha.

Todas las respuestas a las RFI se deben enviar por escrito antes de las 11:59 p. m., hora del este, del día 29 de julio de 2020. 

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“Authority”, “NJEDA”), una Authority independiente del estado de Nueva Jersey, está recabando información e ideas de entidades calificadas (los “Encuestados”), lo que incluye, entre otros, los
administradores de fondos, inversores ángeles, capitalistas de riesgo, emprendedores, propietarios de pequeñas empresas, investigadores y profesionales que trabajen en el ámbito empresarial, grupos industriales y comerciales, y otros gobiernos estatales.

La presente solicitud de información (RFI) se emite por intermedio de la Autoridad a los fines de recabar información de empresas y personas con perspectivas sobre los obstáculos estructurales y posibles disparidades con que se hayan enfrentado las empresas emergentes de alto crecimiento que administren los emprendedores de origen latino y afroamericano en Nueva Jersey, en la búsqueda de una financiación de riesgo o generadora, tanto privada como pública. La NJEDA también busca intereses e ideas relativas a las soluciones para tales obstáculos y disparidades, lo que incluye, entre otros, los fondos existentes de riesgo y generadores que se invierten específicamente en las empresas de alto crecimiento que posean o administren los emprendedores de origen latino y afroamericano. La Authority se interesa especialmente en escuchar perspectivas de aquellas empresas que pudieren interesarse en expandir esas soluciones en Nueva Jersey o invertir en empresas que posean los emprendedores de origen latino y afroamericano. Esto incluye la posible creación un fondo generador de diversidad para empresas que posean las personas de origen latino y afroamericano en el estado. 

Anexo n.º 1 (26 de marzo de 2020)

2020-RFI-OET-TLS-099 – opciones para expandir el acceso al capital de desarrollo para emprendedores de origen latino y afroamericano

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“Authority”), an independent Authority of the State of New Jersey with support from the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Clean Energy Program (CEP), is developing a set of initiatives and programs aimed at positioning NJ as a leader in Cleantech Innovation. The aim is both to support and strengthen current cleantech innovation activities and encourage new research, investment, and jobs in the sector.

This Request for Information (RFI) is issued by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“Authority”, “NJEDA”) in collaboration with the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Clean Energy Program (CEP) to seek information from entities and individuals with perspectives on the cleantech innovation ecosystem in New Jersey. The NJEDA and BPU is interested in receiving comments, questions, recommendations, facts, information, ideas, and responses that will help the NJEDA and BPU better understand the scope and characteristics of the existing ecosystem, recognize challenges, and develop potential programs/actions that can be undertaken to effectively strengthen and position NJ as a leader in cleantech innovation.

2019-RFI-OET-CE-097 – Mechanisms for strengthening New Jersey’s Cleantech Innovation Ecosystem
Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 1/30/2020)