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Polk County, Florida

Low-Bid vs. Best Value Implementation of Best Value in Polk County, FL

Implementation: 2006 – Current 

polk-county-signOn February 18, 2009, Polk County, Florida adopted a resolution authorizing the Procurement Director to make awards based on Best-Value Procurement (BVP) processes.  Since introducing BVP into the Polk County procurement procedures, the county has completed numerous BVP-awarded projects that differ in overall cost, design, scope, schedule, and ultimately, vendor selection.  BVP has proven itself beneficial in terms of value-added engineering and design (cost-savings), fostering a team approach between all stakeholders, and reducing overall risk to the owner.

Testimonial: “The idea of low-bid brings in the lowest quality workmanship, but with best value it is the opposite; we’re getting a much better product.” -  Gary Fries, Director of Utilities.


Projects procured and run using Best Value
Total size of projects
Largest project size
Projects completed below contracted amount (the others are still in progress)


REFERENCE: Gary Fries, P.E., Director of Utilities, Polk County | | 863-298-4246

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