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  • mba_finance1986 mba_finance1986 Oct 1, 2013 2:25 AM Flag

    City of Portland makes a quick reversal after RELM's formal protest submission

    Check the Oregonian via OregonLive for today's update. The city of Portland, OR rescinded its original no-bid order with Motorola. The city will now seek competitive proposals.

    Well done team Relm!!

    Good luck on the new proposal!

    Sentiment: Buy

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    • Lot of this exlusive #$%$ going on here in the NW. Google "tacoma no bid motorola". We have a new 911 system that Motorola is sole sourcing. Already locked in a maintenance contract with the city. Since the 911 system is shared with the county (Pierce) fairly certain they have done some no bids with Motorola as well. The shared agency is called South Sound 911.

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      • Thanks for the information. It is frustrating to continue to read about the no-bid contracts in the Pacific NW that keep getting awarded to Motorola. It is good to get the inside scoop to know what needs to be pursued. This shows government entities in the Pacific NW need some training in who is the low-cost, quality producer of mobile communication equipment.

    • This is HUGE! If thesestate and local agencies have to start going with lowest qualifying bid instead of the best wine-er and diner, Relm wins 90% of the time, and that Billion dollar market Story has talked about for years is ripe for the taking.

    • From the article:

      Portland has canned its plan to award an $11.7 million no-bid contract to Motorola and will instead seek competitive proposals for new public-safety radio equipment.

      Monday's reversal comes two business days after a Motorola competitor, Florida-based RELM Wireless, formally protested Portland's plan.

      Portland first contracted with Motorola in 2007 and city officials attempted to use that contract to upgrade about 3,400 public-safety radios and buy almost 2,700 more. Three years ago, Portland voters approved a $72.4 million bond measure for public-safety upgrades -- including radios -- and Motorola was a major contributor, kicking in $35,000 toward the political campaign.

      In its appeal, RELM suggested it could cut the city's expenses from $11.7 million to $4 million.

      Christine Moody, the city's chief procurement officer, told The Oregonian on Friday that "further evaluation of the competitive bidding process is being discussed."

      On Monday, Moody substantiated RELM's appeal and said in a letter that the city will issue a competitive solicitation in the near future.

      RELM President David Storey said his company will bid on the work, although he expressed some concern that Portland could still "lock out the competition" depending on requirements.

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