2018 National Planning Conference

Working with Consultants

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

Location: 222

CM | 2.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Deep Dive Sessions

Activity ID: NPC189015


  • How to design and manage consultant solicitation
  • How to select and contract with the best consultant for the project
  • How to successfully manage a consultant-led project


Do you work with consultants? Then this interactive session — structured around presentations and small group work — is for you! Participants will learn the ins/outs and dos/don'ts of project design; consultant solicitation, selection, and negotiation; project management; damage control; debriefing once the project is over; and myriad other useful topics to help make projects successful for all. This session will be useful to anyone who has hired and managed — or will hire and manage — consultants to help with planning work. Learn how to design planning projects for which consultant support is needed; understand the difference between sole source and competitive bid processes; differentiate between RFQs and RFPs; critically review a proposal; confidently choose the firms to shortlist; structure and conduct productive interviews; select the best firm to negotiate with and deal with the issue of subs; negotiate the contracting process; establish effective strategies for communication/coordination; manage scopes, schedules, and budgets; understand how problems happen, how to avoid them, and how to deal with them if they happen; and analyze and build on past experiences.

Session Speakers

Carol A. Rhea, FAICP
Orion Planning + Design
Huntsville, AL

Judy Daniel, AICP
City of Oxford
Oxford, MS

Michael Blue, FAICP
Teska Associates
Evanston, IL

David S. Silverman, AICP
Ancel, Glink & Diamond Et Al.
Chicago, IL

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