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Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Published on: 9/27/2016 6:47 AM


The County of Santa Clara Receives Responses to its RFQ for the Fairgrounds District
On August 23, 2016, ten organizations responded to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Expression of Interest approved by the Board of Supervisors at its June 21, 2016, regular meeting for qualified business operators and investors who can assist the County in developing the 150-acre Santa Clara County Fairgrounds District. The goal is to transform the District into a vibrant regional community gathering place with recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. The list of respondents and their contact information can be found here.
On August 30, 2016, starting at 6:30 PM in Fiesta Hall at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, nine of the ten organizations responded to the RFQ with a 15 minute presentation to discuss its concept and the organization’s qualifications. A copy of all ten of the presentations is available here.
The public was invited to attend and listen to the presentations, but due to time limitations there was no question and answer period or public input for this event. However, the public will have the opportunity to comment on these submittals when they are presented to the Board of Supervisors in October as part of the discussion by the Board regarding issuance of a Request for Proposals. Notice of this Board meeting will be sent to all those on the email distribution list. You may add your name to this list by clicking here.
This is all part of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ ongoing effort to ensure that the planning process for the Fairgrounds is inclusive and transparent. The current process of engaging the community and soliciting ideas for creating a vision for the Fairgrounds has been underway since late 2014.
This RFQ represents the first stage in a competitive process that may be followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP) from which one or more business operators/investors may be selected to enter into negotiations for the development and use of some or all of the Fairgrounds.
It is expected that most community events currently taking place at the Fairgrounds will continue being hosted onsite in the future, including the annual County Fair. The County will place a high premium on concepts and proposals that incorporate significant flexibility in the uses of space to accommodate differing needs at different times, different sizes of events and multiple simultaneous uses of different portions of the Fairgrounds 150 acres.
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