REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 3237 METRO Communities of Color Research and Communication Metro, a metropolitan service district organized under the laws of the State of Oregon and the Metro Charter, located at 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-2736, is requesting proposals for Communities of Color research and communication. Selected contractor(s) will work with Metro staff, stakeholders and a community advisory group to research and create a set of recommendations for messages and outreach tactics that provide communities of color equitable access to transportation options, recycling and garbage information, parks services and other information, services and facilities provided by Metro. Contractor(s) will devise research framework, implement research plan, provide communications recommendations and implement two pilot projects based on those recommendations. Sealed proposals are due no later than 2:00 p.m. November 3, 2016 in Metro’s business offices at 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-2736, Attention: Julie Hoffman, Procurement Analyst, RFP 3237. Solicitation documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) at http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/ Metro may accept or reject any or all proposals, in whole or in part, or waive irregularities not affecting substantial rights if such action is deemed in the public interest. Metro extends equal opportunity to all persons and specifically encourages minority, women-owned and emerging small businesses to access and participate in this and all Metro projects, programs and services. Metro and its contractors will not discriminate against any person(s), employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, political affiliation or marital status. Metro fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see www.oregonmetro.gov.