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Doing Business with PDC

Information for Vendors, Suppliers and Contractors About Business Opportunities with PDC

Review the information below to learn what you need to know to do business with PDC, then visit our RFP/RFQ page for current open RFPs, RFQs, and Bid Opportunities.

The Portland Development Commission's mission is to bring together resources to achieve Portland's vision of a diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighbor-hoods, a vibrant urban core, a strong regional economy and quality jobs for all.

The Portland Development Commission invites vendors, suppliers and contractors to participate in PDC's purchasing and contracting objectives:

  • Equity Policy - Effective January 9, 2013
    PDC promotes diversity in all aspects of purchasing and contracting. 
  • Sustainable Community
    PDC is committed to retaining and building sustainable communities with local resources, suppliers, and workforce.
  • Community Commitment
    PDC is committed to providing contracting and purchasing opportunities to our communities with a strong emphasis on encouraging partnerships with minority, women-owned and emerging small businesses.

How PDC Purchases Goods & Services

Download our Doing Business with the Portland Development Commission brochure

  • Less than $5,000
    Competitive solicitation is not required for the purchase of goods and services not exceeding $10,000 or construction services not exceeding $5,000. Utilization of minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and emerging small businesses is strongly encouraged. View the terms and conditions for PDC Purchase Orders.
  • More than $5,000 (construction) or $10,000 (goods & services), and less than $50,000
    A minimum of three vendors are directly invited to respond to the solicitation.
  • $50,000 to $100,000
    A minimum of three vendors are directly invited to respond to the solicitation and the contract opportunity is posted on PDC’s website.
  • More than $100,000
    The formal procurement is posted on PDC's website as a Request for Proposals (RFP) or Invitation to Bid (ITB). Email notices are sent to those who have signed up to receive notice of PDC contract opportunities, and the contract opportunity is advertised in the Daily Journal of Commerce and a local community paper.
  • Flexible Services Contracts
    Flexible Services Contracts (FSCs) are price agreements that allow contractors to provide a wide range of services for PDC on an as-needed basis. These contracts are established through a competitive Request for Qualification (RFQ) process to encourage wider participation in the solicitation and reduce the number of small service contracts. Download the PDC list of Flexible Services Contracts. This list shows the current flexible services contract service types, contract expiration dates, number of contracts in the flexible services pool, and the targeted action dates for future contracting opportunities.

Requirements for Doing Business with PDC

Vendors must be Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) certified. To find out more about EEO certification, visit the City of Portland's website.

Vendors doing over $50,000 of business annually in the City of Portland must be licensed in the City of Portland. For more information visit the city's website at: www.licenses.ci.portland.or.us.

What You Can Do

Questions?

Call PDC Professional Services at 503-832-3291.