Re: RFPs and developers
From: Michael Barrett (
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 07:38:48 -0800 (PST)
You may have heard this opinion before.
You are not the US Goverment and can afford to be, and need to be, much more 
friendly.  Go meet the top man (or woman) of your candidate developers first 
and find out if they are interested in doing something different from their 
standard development process.  At the end of the conversation you can ask them 
how they would feel about getting an RFP.  You are going to have a long 
person-to-person relationship about things that you care about deeply. Get it 
started on the right foot. 

Michael Barrett
Shadowlake Village
Blacksburg, VA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Hammer" <thammer302 [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Cc: "Tom Hammer" <thammer302 [at]>
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 1:54 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ RFPs and developers

> Our community is close to a land purchase, and some of our members  
> feel strongly we should put out an RFP.  I asked this question a few  
> weeks ago, but I wonder if there is anyone else out there who used an  
> RFP with a developer and could give us a copy?
> Also, any recommendations for "green" (not necessarily cohousing)  
> developers who would work in the central East Coast area that we  
> should send an RFP to?
> Many thanks,
> Tom Hammer
> Concord Ecovillage
> Making a commitment builds hope.  Keeping a commitment builds trust.
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