Doing Business with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Thank you for your interest in doing business with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. It is our intent to select the best-qualified firms and agencies to provide the services necessary to meet our responsibilities under the Interlocal Agreement. The TBEP Policy Board supports equity in procurement practices and solicits from businesses or other organizations owned or certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) whenever possible. We procure goods and services in a transparent, fair, and ethical way that encourages competition and is consistent with applicable laws, policies and procedures.

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Procurement Thresholds

Pursuant to Chapter 287.057(3)(e), Florida Statutes,  contractual services provided by governmental agencies (including state universities), single source, artistic services, auditing services, legal services, and educational events offered to the public can be excluded from the competitve bidding process. Unless otherwise exempt, the following thresholds apply:


Threshold Solicitation Requirement
$20,000 or less One to three written quotes
Greater than $35,000 Formal competitive procurement requiring public advertisement and a sealed response

Solicitation Types

Request for Quotes (RFQ)

  • Informal solicitation
  • Clearly defined smaller purchases of goods or services up to $100,000
  • Response may be submitted via email

Request for Bid (RFB)

  • Formal solicitation, also known as an “invitation to bid”
  • Call to contractors to submit a bid on a project for a specific good or service
  • Generally awarded to the lowest bidder

Request for Proposal (RFP)

  • Formal solicitation that is evaluated based on multiple criteria by a committee
  •  May provide for negotiation of terms before award
  • Price is not the primary evaluation factor

Request for Qualifications (RFQu)

  • Formal solicitation for architectural, engineering, landscape architectural, surveying, mapping and construction management services in accordance with FL Statute 287.055

Note: Price is not a factor in selection of the most qualified firm.

Invitation to Negotiate (ITN)

  • Formal solicitation that is a hybrid of the RFP and RFQu
  • Allows for refining of general scope through negotiation process
  • Factors other than price are considered

Payment Information

Vendors must receive authorization (in the form of a purchase order, contract agreement, or intergovernmental agreement) before starting work. TBEP’s preferred payment method is manual check.


Vendors must be registered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system as required by Florida Statute 488.095. To register, log on to

Active Solicitations

Bay Mini-Grant Influencer Marketing Services

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program is seeking social influencers to help garner applications to the Bay Mini-Grant program. The goal of this content is to reach outside the usual audience to inspire applications from first time applicants.

Applicants should demonstrate an engaged audience of Tampa Bay residents that are motivated to take action.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 5PM on May 3, 2024.

2027 Reasonable Assurance Update Technical Support Project

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and Tampa Bay Nitrogen Management Consortium (TBNMC) are seeking a contractor to provide technical support services required to update the Reasonable Assurance Plan for Tampa Bay.  The selected contractor will be responsible for estimating loads, assessing allocation attainment, identifying relevant load reduction projects, and compiling the necessary documentation for the 2022-2026 time period. The selected contractor will work extensively with TBEP staff and representatives from the TBNMC, facilitating technical discussions and consensus among participants.

Up to $250,000 may be made available to support this work. The anticipated project duration is 42 months. Answers to questions received by the April 5, 2024 deadline are now available for review. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 2:00PM EDT, May 24, 2024.

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