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"Industry Day" invites input for public-private seasonal housing development opportunity

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Date: October 30, 2018
Contact: Christie Anastasia, 207-288-8806

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) is hosting an Industry Day at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center, 119 Eden Street (Route 3), Bar Harbor, Maine on November 14, 2018 from 9:30 am to 5 pm. This Industry Day will help the NPS decide if and how to proceed with a project to construct and operate housing for seasonal employees of Acadia National Park on park land. This invitation is extended to builders and developers, private individuals and others with ideas, suggestions, or proposals on how to accomplish this project.

The Industry Day morning session will consist of an introduction and presentation by NPS officials on the project concept, an open question and answer session and a site visit to Harden Farm housing area. Attendees must provide their own transportation to the site. An independent lunch break will occur from noon to 1 pm. Following lunch, NPS officials will hold scheduled 20-minute private breakout sessions with interested parties to discuss project concepts and questions that they have for the NPS team.  

Participation in this Industry Day is not required for individuals to respond to any future Request for Proposals that may result from it, but information received from it may be used to influence the development and scope of an RFP.
In addition, the NPS has previously issued a Request for Information (RFI) as another means to invite input on entering into a public-private partnership (P3) agreement to construct and operate housing for seasonal employees of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. Responses to the RFI are due by close of business on November 5, 2018.

“This is an opportunity to revitalize and provide additional housing for Acadia National Park seasonal employees,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Seasonal employee housing is critical to us in being able to recruit and retain a well-qualified workforce, and it is also a crucial need for many other businesses and organizations in our community. We are very grateful to the National Park Foundation for providing seed funding to launch this initiative.” 

For further information on the RFI and Industry Day, as well as to schedule a private breakout session as part of Industry Day, please contact Ian Steinheimer, NPS Washington Contracting Office, at

Last updated: November 5, 2018

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