RFP launches for host of City Council podcast pilot

Medicine Hat – The City has posted a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a host for Public Matters, a podcast designed to engage the Mayor, City Council, and administration in informal discussions on matters of City interest. The Public Matters podcast will support the City’s communication efforts by providing another avenue for residents to become informed about City Council perspectives and decisions as well as City programs, initiatives, and topics of interest.

An expression of interest (EOI) was launched in July with eight submissions received. The process will now move to RFP, though candidates who did not respond to the EOI are welcome to submit a proposal.

“We were excited to see significant interest in our EOI posting, so we’re hopeful that we’ll see a good response to the RFP as well. Finding the right host is so important in creating a podcast that is both informative and entertaining,” said public relations advisor to Mayor and Council, Rachel St. Jean. “We’re looking forward to see the proposals and launching this new communications effort in the community.”

The host will be responsible for facilitating discussion and providing community perspective during each production. Concerted effort will be required to choose topics, develop questions, and produce podcasts that are both informative and appealing to listeners. Valuable attributes of a host include familiarity with the City and its services, initiatives, programs and challenges; a conscientious approach to research; a respectful and thoughtful demeanor; and experience in facilitating meaningful discussion that explores a variety of points of views.

Those interested in responding to the RFP can download the information package at https://medicinehat.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en. The deadline for submissions is November 8, 2022.

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