Invitation to Bid – Request for Proposals

The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) is requesting proposals for contract services to provide cleaning, hospitality, and safety services which will, through the management of the “Downtown Ambassador” or “Ambassador” program, improve ownership values and the urban appeal of Downtown Bridgeport for the betterment of greater Bridgeport. The Ambassadors will be a complement to the existing services of the City of Bridgeport.

Interested parties may download the Request for Proposals from our website here, or request a copy of the RFP by contacting the offices of the DSSD: 938 Broad Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604. Call us on (203) 908-3622 or send an email here.

Proposal submissions are due to the DSSD by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. A voluntary pre-bid conference will take place on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of the Bridgeport DSSD (938 Broad Street) in Bridgeport and via Zoom video conference. Email us here to RSVP and request login details.

About Downtown Bridgeport
Downtown Bridgeport is a commercial area that represents and serves a diverse tapestry of the wider Bridgeport community. The independently owned restaurants and shops that populate the street-level spaces in our neighborhood create connection points that foster the sense of community so special to the Downtown and the city. The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) serves as the business improvement district for the Park City’s central business corridor. The DSSD is tasked with promoting the preservation and development of the downtown business district; making the area more attractive and accessible; and enhancing the public perception of Downtown Bridgeport. The DSSD exists to support economic development and equitable growth in Bridgeport’s downtown commercial corridor.

To accomplish this charge, the DSSD bolsters the sense of culture and community in the heart of Downtown through environmental maintenance, open space beautification, and security services. Furthermore, the DSSD – in collaboration with the City of Bridgeport and local/regional cultural organizations – implements special events and also markets downtown businesses, institutions, and cultural events. The District includes 172 taxable properties within 30 blocks in the heart-shaped downtown of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Because The DSSD is a State-authorized agency that receives funding from District property owners and investment from the City of Bridgeport and the local business community, the District may give preference to those companies that are headquartered in or maintain offices in the municipality of Bridgeport. The District’s administrative office also works to hire individuals who reside in Bridgeport.