Santa Fe Seeks Feasibility Study Consultants

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Santa Fe Seeks Feasibility Study Consultants

Late last week, the City of Santa Fe issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for consultants who are interested in assisting the city with an feasibility study and an economic impact analysis of a public bank. The City is requesting that a preliminary comparison on the City’s current financial model, specifically on the benefits and risks of current banking and financing practices in Santa Fe, and contrasted with other models including public banks in other areas of the United States. Any analysis should take into account the financial and population demographics of the City of Santa Fe. It should also include measurable factors of city banking which include, but is not limited to, debt servicing costs, profits returned to the City, municipal and other tax revenue, and other key areas of economic concern.

A maximum of 15 pages is required. The deadline is September 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. RFQ submittals should be submitted to:

City of Santa Fe Purchasing Office
2651 Siringo Road Building H.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Please direct all questions to Kate Noble, Economic Development, Director, [email protected], (505) 955-6915. For the entire document, click this link.

Join the PBI Santa Fe Feasibility Study Team

We are working to identify qualified consultants who would like to participate in the feasibility study Santa Fe has announced. If you are interested in helping us do this, please contact Gwen at [email protected]

Santa Fe Symposium September 27th

National leaders Ellen Brown and Richard Wolff join a talented cast of New Mexican speakers at the Banking on New Mexico Symposium on September 27th in Santa Fe. Javier Gonzales, Craig Barnes, and Brian Egolf are set to talk about how public banking can address some of the pressing needs in the city and the state. Thomas Keidel, the CEO of the German Public Banking Association, will also be speaking about the role of public banks in the German economy, where they are common for both public deposits and business and individual accounts. HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET?  To get more information and register for the symposium, click here.

It’s a busy week in Santa Fe. There is a nationally known salsa and wine festival going on, and so if you are planning to attend the symposium, it is a good idea to make your room and car reservations now. A lot of hotels are filling up already. Don’t forget about Air B&B – it can be a great low cost way to visit a new place.

Philadelphia Symposium to Honor Ellen Brown

Come to Philadelphia on October 18th!. In addition to having an exciting roster of speakers, including Harold Meyerson, columnist for the Washington Post?, Robert C Hockett, Professor of Law, Cornell University, Lenore Palladino, Demos and Rob Kall of Op Ed News, the Pennsylvania Public Banking Project will be holding a special dinner to honor Ellen Brown and her contribution to the public banking movement. For more information and to register for the symposium, click here. 

Public Banking Caucus Forming

Mike Krauss is taking the lead on pulling together a caucus of elected officials and candidates who support public banking. This caucus will send updates and materials to the members, and will help support their efforts locally to raise awareness and make progress with the implementation of a public bank. If you know of people who would be interested in joining the caucus, please contact Mike at [email protected]org.

Code of Practice Working Group

All chapters of PBI that are interested in working on the Code of Practice project that will put the rules of the criminal code as the primary regulative tool for securities sales at public banking venues, please contact the Canada Chapter of the PBI at [email protected].

Calling All Publicity and Multimedia Experts!

We are working to bring together some creative talent to work on a video and outreach campaign we’re planning for the fall. We’re in the process of identifying a national level action that can be taken to support all the local, regional, and state public banking efforts. We will be issuing an RFP for communication services soon to support this, and are looking for people who have good ideas about a petition drive, for example, or another type of campaign. We’ll be launching the New Economy Academy at the same time, with an exciting list of new classes that people can take to learn more. Please contact Gwen at [email protected]org for more information.

People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, Ontario

The Peoples’ Social Forum in Ottawa Ontario Canada August 21-24 will be hosting over 482 workshops, several of which deal with reviving postal banking, reasserting public control over securities sales, providing alternative regulation to the “self regulation” private banking model. Our Canadian Chapter urges every public banking supporter to attend or spread the word on this conference. To learn more or to register, click here.

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