Local Industrial Retention Initiative (LIRI) Program Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking qualified, not-for-profit organizations as delegate agency partners for the Local Industrial Retention Initiative (LIRI) program. The contract is for a one-year term, from January 1 to December 31, 2022, and extendable for an additional year to December 31, 2023. 

LIRI agencies provide assistance to industrial businesses primarily located in the City’s 26 designated industrial corridors. LIRI agencies help assess business needs, identify resources, provide project support, and serve as counselors to resolve a variety business issues. LIRIs also promote City programs and initiatives, identify real estate opportunities, and advocate for infrastructure investments that lead to continued industrial corridor development. These interventions result in completed projects, job retention and creation, leveraging public and private financing, and neighborhood development.

Examples of how agencies help businesses include:

  • identifying new locations and securing funding for expansion, including City economic incentive programs such as SBIF, TIF, and tax incentives
  • connecting businesses to workforce development resources to find and train employees
  • obtaining permits and business licenses
  • and promoting industrial corridors and the industrial sector.

The LIRI program also supports Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot's INVEST South/West initiative to revitalize 12 targeted business corridors on Chicago’s South and West sides, and the three-year We Will Chicago citywide planning process being designed to foster equity and resilience. The LIRI program will support these initiatives by cultivating engagement between industrial corridor companies and local neighborhoods and fostering opportunities for for job placement and growth. These deliverables will be built into LIRI work plans by setting expectations, tracking progress, and measuring impact.

Additional requirements and expectations are listed in the LIRI Program Description.

RFP Issuance: June 21, 2021
Virtual RFP technical assistance training: 10 a.m. July 7, 2021 | Register
Questions from technical assistance training: due by 5 p.m. July 9, 2021
RFP applications: due by 12 p.m. July 20, 2021
DPD application review: August 2021


Fariduddin Muhammad, Coordinator of Economic Development I
Phone: 312.744.0352      
Email: fariduddin.muhammad@cityofchicago.org            


The LIRI RFP may be downloaded here.

Respondents must create an account with the Department of Procurement Services' iSupplier web site to download elated materials, including clarifications and addendas. To create an account, visit: cityofchicago.org/eProcurement. To view all RFP materials, click on “Current Bids and Solicitation Opportunities,” then “eProcurement Bid and RFP solicitation Opportunities.”

The City accepts no responsibility for the timely delivery of materials or failure of the respondent to submit required information, as identified in this RFP. The City will not accept proposals that are not received by the deadline of this RFP.

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