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Allegany County seeks “Strategic Planning Services”


A response to the “Request for Proposal” is due January 13, 2023

By Andrew Harris

Yesterday, Allegany County formally asked for a quote on a big job. The request is for a specialized consulting firm that works with large entities like local governments on a formal strategy for the future.

Allegany County seeks to create a five-year plan, which is a fairly standard window of time for municipal planning. Strategic plans in general consist of a vision, laid out by leadership within the county. Based on that vision, the plan will call for goals to be set and objectives to be pursued.

The county is asking for a strategic plan that focuses on three major challenges before Allegany County: Economic development, developing the county workforce, and retaining that workforce.

Clearly all three challenges are interconnected and really, depend on economic development, which has been a focus of the county. After the lessons learned during the “Great Lakes Cheese Incident,” legislators have earmarked millions of dollars for site development near the Crossroads area where I-86 and Route 19 intersect in Belvidere.

A major component of that investment will be hiring a new, permanent Director of Economic Development for the county. Current interim Director Tim Boyde has made that job search a priority for this newly reorganized department. That eventual new hire will be tasked with interfacing with this strategic planning service tl create the new 5 year plan. Read our reporting from Boyde’s recent presentation to the full board of legislators.

Below is that full request from the county, applications are open until January 13, 2023


Belmont, N.Y. – The Allegany County Administrator and the Office of Economic Development is requesting proposals for a consultant to develop a comprehensive five-year strategic plan to achieve workforce development, economic growth and job retention and expansion in Allegany County.

Proposals Due By: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023.

Proposal Submission Instructions and Due Date: Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope addressed or hand delivered to County Administrator Carissa M. Knapp, 7 Court Street, Rm 213, Belmont, NY 14813 by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023. In addition, applicants are required to email a pdf scan of their complete proposal to County Administrator Carissa M. Knapp at by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023.

  • For More Information: The complete RFP packet is listed on the County’s website To request a hard copy of the application, call the County Administrator’s Office at 585-268-9217 or email
  • Questions & Answers: Questions can be submitted in writing to and responses will be provided until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13. Please be advised that no questions will be accepted or responded to after this date.

Allegany County in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and New York State Labor Law; Article 8 – Public Work, Section 220e hereby notifies all contractors that it will affirmatively ensure that any contracts awarded as a result of this proposal solicitation will be awarded without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex or natural origin.

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