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October 1, 2016

Bidding and Project Procurement

None of us want to start a phone conversation with “911 operator what is your emergency?," but as a police officer for more than 20 years, I’ve been dispatched to many 911 calls that have come in from individuals and companies who are experiencing some type of emergency. Many of the times when I arrived at the scene of one of these emergencies, I found that the people involved were not properly prepared for such an event. In a disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately. That’s the reason it is becoming more important for each one of us to prepare ahead of time and have some type of an emergency action plan in place.

Project procurement in the public sector for the state of Iowa is based on a design / bid / build process, in which the lowest responsible AND responsive bidder is awarded the contract.  Iowa’s competitive bidding laws for public projects have withstood a century of scrutiny and challenges and the Master Builders of Iowa has a long history of working with public owners and contractor-members in keeping the public procurement process free of political favoritism, corruption, cronyism and graft.  Establishing a strong competitive bidding law aids public owners and contractors in the award of contracts, but the biggest benefactor is the Iowa tax payer, who gets a project of high quality and value.

This portion of the website will focus on bidding and project procurement.  You can access the Iowa Code and those chapters that deal with competitive bidding for each respective public owner.  You will also find information on other laws the assist the public project procurement process. 

MBI is unmatched in its expertise on Iowa’s competitive bidding laws and MBI members and public owners are encouraged to draw upon the years of experience MBI has in the arena of project procurement.