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Southern Maryland Meat Processing Facility

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Current Status as of December 2016:

Feedback from public forums and surveys over the past two years, particularly during FY’15, identified the key components for a potential Agricultural Business Park and Food Innovation Center for Southern Maryland. Multiple infrastructure components based on the needs, as expressed, of the regional farming community included: meat processing, food innovation center, food distribution, farm incubation, aquaculture processing, market and warehouse.

However, in March of 2016 it was determined that the immediate successful creation of a meat processing facility is the first priority and that the other infrastructure components of the Center are now secondary. From April to November of 2016, a Request for Proposal (RFP) has been developed to allow for a public-private partnership to manage and operate the meat processing facility for the farmers of the region. Under the current structural organization, the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) and Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) cannot hold title to property. The objective is to find an entity that will make a long-term investment to operate a meat processing facility.

TIMELINE:
See the full project timeline.

RESOURCES:

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1/27/17: RFP Proposal Due Date

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1/20/17: Deadline for RFP Questions from Bidders

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12/27/16: Amendment #1 released. Includes the following from the Pre-proposal Conference of 12/13/16: Summary of conference, questions and answers, clarifications and revisions for the RFP, sign-in sheets and amendment acknowledgement form. View Amendment #1.

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12/13/16: Pre-Bidders RFP Meeting

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12/6/16: Pre-Proposal Conference RFP Questions Due

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11/17/16: RFP Issued, view the RFP

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4/11/16: SMADC Public Interest Meeting on meat processing facility, view the minutes

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4/15/16: SMADC expects to release an RFP for a public-private partnership to develop, manage and operate the meat processing facility to service the region’s multi-cultural community in accordance with USDA standards in the Southern Maryland region (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s counties).

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3/23/16: There will be an important information session on APRIL 11, 2016, outlining the Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for potential property owners, developers and operators who are planning to submit a bid.

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10/20/15: SMADC continues plans for the proposed Southern Maryland Ag Business Park and Food Innovation Center. SMADC is currently drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) which will be published as soon as it is approved.

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7/13/2015: SMADC is in the planning stages of the proposed Southern Maryland Ag Business Park and Food Innovation Center. Thank you to all that submitted Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the site. We will begin the review process in July. We will also request for a second brief round of public submissions for the site, and then issue a public request for proposals for an entity to hold title.

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5/27/2015. Public meetings are now being scheduled in each of the Southern Maryland counties to present information about the project and solicit community input. If you would like to attend a public meeting in your county to learn more, click HERE for the schedule.

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5/22/2015. The process of identifying and procuring a parcel of land for the proposed Center has now begun. "Expressions of Interest" (EOIs) from landowners are now being accepted. The deadline to submit an EOI is July 10, 2015. DOWNLOAD THE EOI REQUEST HERE. (This link is no longer active.)

This is a Request for Expressions of Interest and Information (EOI) from landowners or their representatives for the lease or purchase of a site/sites suitable to develop a regional Agri-Business and Center for Food Innovation, located within the Southern Maryland region (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s counties). It is not a solicitation or request for formal proposals that will result in a contractual relationship or commit the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland to enter into a further agreement with any respondent. This should be considered a request for interest and information only.

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5/14/2015. SB 909 has been signed by Governor Hogan, which means we are now officially authorized to use our funding for the real estate acquisition. We are still awaiting approval before issuing the “Expression of Interest” (EOI) request to the public.

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5/8/2015. SMADC has created an on-line survey designed to collect input from stakeholders and the community about the proposed Ag and Food Center, specifically to find which components of the facility are most requested and to prioritize the order in which they are developed. Click here to complete the survey. (This survey is no longer active)

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UPDATE4/2015. The Southern Maryland Delegation introduced a bill (Senate bill 909) to allow SMADC, through the Tri-County Council, to use funds to purchase, lease or lease-to-buy real estate for this purpose. Once the bill is signed by the Governor, it will become law. We are awaiting one more level of approval before we issue a request for an “Expression of Interest” (EOI) to the public. Anyone with suitable property within the five-county area is welcome to apply. We hope to have the EOI Request available as soon as possible, and ideally have a site selected later this summer. The EOI Request will be posted in public venues such as newspapers, newsletters, the SMADC website and other venues.

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Read more about SMADC's role in healthy communities:
[the crop hop] [Maryland Food Map] [So. MD Food Council] [hub/spoke]

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Read more about all of these SMADC programs:

[So. Maryland, So Good] [Southern Maryland Meats]
[Buy Local Challenge] [Maryland Farmlink]
[Southern Maryland Trails] [Cornelia and the Farm Band]

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