A $115 million contract was awarded yesterday to a group tasked with helping the government of Colombia (GOC) establish a “presence” in “priority municipalities” across the nation (Contract Award #AID-514-C-11-00002). Associates in Rural Development, the Burlington, Vermont subsidiary of TetraTech, Inc., will attempt to “create thousands of licit economic opportunities” while promoting citizen participation and strengthening links between public and private organizations. “In transition zones where the GOC has only recently established minimum security, the contractor will emphasize immediate, short-term activities to meet urgent economic and social needs with the goal of demonstrating presence of the state and to help the target areas recover quickly from the effects of the conflict and [coca crop] eradication,” USAID says in its original solicitation (#SOL-514-10-000001).
IN OTHER USAID BUSINESS
A $22 million contract aimed at improving rural incomes, reducing poverty levels; improving food security; and addressing “critical, small-scale household and agricultural water constraints” in the nation of Georgia was awarded to Chemonics International Inc. (Contract Award #AID-114-C-11-00001). Although USAID awarded the contract April 21, the award document was not uploaded into the federal business database until today (April 27). Chemonics will help carry out USAID’s New Economic Opportunities (NEO) project, which seeks to help targeted communities of “internally displaced persons” in household rehabilitation and maintenance as well as to “assist communities distressed by natural or other disasters.” (Solicitation #SOL-114-10-000002).
USTDA NEWS BRIEF
The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) is funding a “definitional mission” to Romania to assess whether the agency should help fund airport modernization efforts in that nation. USTDA on April 25 awarded the $50,000 contract to the South Carolina-based consulting firm KED Group LLC, who will assess the project on behalf of a Romanian air-traffic control agency. (Solicitation #RFQ-CO201121123)