A three-year economic development and planning campaign in North Carolina is hunting for agency help for communications and media relations via RFP.
The Connect Our Future project, encompassing a region of the Tar Heel State that is home to more than two million people, is backed by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to tackle a range of issues like the environment/land use, transportation planning, business and workforce services through public, private and non-profit partners with an eye on issues expected to arise in the future. HUD has kicked in $5M so far.
The Centralina Council of Governments, a group of 16 regional governing bodies in the state, released an RFP open through Jan. 24 for a firm to help engage the public in the Connect initiative through traditional and social media, and content-driven outreach.
Officials supporting the campaign continue to lobby other local and regional governments to sign on to the push, although some have resisted, citing its federal backing.