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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #506JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday July 27, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Circle 1 Network, Milwaukee, WI
Amount: An estimated $45,100
An estimated start date of 8/10/2015 through 6/30/2016, 11 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Wednesday July 22, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Circle 1 Network to enhance the MyPlate game to Circle 1 Network, Milwaukee, WI, for an estimated $45,100.
Circle 1 Network was the sole source creator of the existing MyPlate Picks exergame therefore they are the only company that can make our needed alterations and expansions to the game.

Circle 1 Network has worked in nutrition education since 1998 and they are unique in their experience in designing, building and testing digital nutrition education that is integrated with existing USDA nutrition education programs. Their pioneering work in this field of digital nutrition education gives them a unique advantage in being able to leverage existing systems already in place thereby cutting costs and time for development in this project. Experience in innovative nutrition education development, implantation and assessment is essential to expand the current work effectively and efficiently within the grant project specifications. Circle 1 Network as the original developer has expertise in the initial work done with UI CPHP but also has experience with other nutrition education work completed for the USDA and its grantees. This combination brings unique expertise and leverages existing work to the benefit of the UI CPHP team in this request to expand the current work. If UI CPHP needed to bring in an alternate vendor, not only would this new team need to spend time and money to get familiar with this subject area and the program work done to date, but they would also have to develop nutrition education support programs that are already in place with Circle 1 Network that can be leveraged for this requested expansion causing additional funding needs. The existing nutrition education and its expansion work will be built to work as a standalone game that as appropriate can be downloaded as an app on any PC that is used in Uof I CPHP's nutrition education program.

The goal to be achieved is for Cicrle 1 Network to provide the enhancements and maintenance of the stand along educational game by supporting servcies to fulfill the grant specifications.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

July 22, 2015
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-036
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
July 17, 2015
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 506JCMPart1.pdf (464 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 506JCMPart2.pdf (59 KB)