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NEW YORK – As a culmination of four years of strategic partnership between Citymart and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), the two organizations today announce a new tool available to members of 100RC’s global network. Citymart’s Opportunity Builder platform is the latest development in an ongoing campaign to leverage the billions of dollars that are annually earmarked for public procurement to deliver proven solutions for urgent urban challenges.
The Opportunity Builder enables cities to create new procurements with speed, scalability, and reliability. Citymart, the most trusted brand in public procurement innovation, will provide full access to the platform free of charge for 100RC member cities. Citymart’s state-of-the-art technology is coupled with best practices to help cities ask the right questions, explore 30,000+ solutions, collaborate with peers worldwide, and generate Requests for Information or Proposals (RFIs or RFPs) that are proven to reduce costs whilst delivering better community outcomes.
“In our partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, we’ve asked the question: what if cities in the network could reliably deliver public procurements that leverage learning, innovation, and sharing best practices, in order to deliver better resilience outcomes?” said Sascha Haselmayer, CEO and Founder of Citymart. “Building a common vision and demonstrating tangible results helped inspire Citymart’s technology that dramatically lowered the effort and cost to deliver better procurements.”
Since 2014, Citymart has served as an integral 100RC “Platform Partner,” committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment – which are increasingly part of 21st century life. Through this visionary collaboration, Citymart’s expertise has been utilized, at scale, to accelerate the implementation of robust, urban Resilience Strategies developed in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities.
Over the past four years, the partnership has delivered tangible initiatives in cities as diverse as New Orleans, Melbourne, Athens, Da Nang, Norfolk, Panama City, and Dallas. Citymart helped the New Orleans resilience team deliver its first ever Request for Information, designed around the challenge of developing digital skills among disadvantaged and hard-to-reach youth. The resulting Creative Digital Equity Initiative, a twelve-week education program conceived by the Arts Council of New Orleans, uses creative arts as an entry point to digital skills—vital for the evolving knowledge economy.
“As a valuable practice and thought partner, Citymart shares the 100RC vision of working with cities across the globe to share and adapt solutions that work,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “As we focus on putting Resilience Strategies in action, the Opportunity Builder platform is a new resource for cities in turning every procurement into a concrete resilient outcome.”
Citymart’s Opportunity Builder is proven to deliver better results for residents and city workforces by increasing innovation in city procurement. Its state-of-the-art technology allows city staff to improve their projects in a number of ways, including: incorporating market intelligence from the world’s most complete database of 30,000 solutions; sharing first-hand insights with experienced peers across cities; building and managing a portfolio of resilience projects across city departments and stakeholder organizations; utilizing metrics and best-in-class problem-framing workflows to focus procurements on outcomes; and generating Requests for Information in just a few clicks to engage the market and find tailored solutions and new financing.
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.
Citymart is the most trusted name in government procurement innovation. Over 100 cities have adopted our tools and methods distilled from over fifteen years of experiences. Our platform helps cities improve outcomes for residents and workers and enables our customers to create projects built on market intelligence from thousands of solutions that engage a more creative and diverse vendor community
The Citymart platform improves any city procurement via two integrated services:
- Citymart BidSpark™ engages thousands of vendors through a proprietary, fast-growing vendor database.
- Citymart Opportunity Builder™ enables cities to create new procurements with speed, scalability and reliability.