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Class Project Selection Process
The LSP Planning Committee forms a sub-committee each year (the Class Project Committee) dedicated to improving the selection process for the class project in the LSP program. The Class Project Committee develops the final application for organizations to complete, and provides a mentor to assist the organization in completing the application. Initial project screening is based upon the applications submitted, and the Class Project Committee selects the top three projects that would work best as a team building activity for the incoming LSP class.
At the very first event of the LSP Program – Orientation Dinner (December) – the three class project finalists make presentations to the new LSP class, allowing class members to ask questions of the presenters. Coordinated group tours at the finalists' location occur in the following weeks, so that class members can visit the class project site. At the next event of the LSP Program – Opening Retreat (January) – the LSP class discusses which of the three class projects they feel the group could best accomplish, with a final vote by class members determining the final Class Project.
Please note: there is no required timeframe for past class project recipients to wait before re-applying with a new class project.
- The project’s beneficiary organization must be a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, a public school, or a division of a governmental entity (all hereinafter "recipient").
- The recipient must be located in and must serve people who live in the southern Pinellas County metropolitan area.
- The recipient must be a St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce member in good standing, or be willing to become a Chamber member as part of the project process.
- The recipient must be fiscally sound, as demonstrated by required paperwork.
- The recipient must have been in continuous operation for a minimum of three (3) years.
- The recipient must provide all information requested in this Request for Proposals.
- The recipient must have a specific project need that fits LSP Class Project criteria, and provide a clear description of the project, including a detailed scope and basic budget.
- If selected for the short list, the recipient must be prepared to present the proposed project to the class, with all necessary visuals and support materials.
- If the recipient has a physical facility, the recipient must be willing to facilitate tours of their facility by members of the LSP class as part of the selection process.
- The recipient must be willing to participate actively in the project, whether through fund-raising support, manpower, or other forms of participation.
- Interested recipients are advised that having an employee or board member enrolled in the LSP class does not guarantee short-listing or selection of their proposed project; further, the employee or Board member will not be allowed to participate in selection of the project or hold an executive position on the project management team.
Details for the 2015 Class Project Selection and Implementation Process:
- Sept. 5, 2014: the Request For Proposal is announced and posted on the Chamber web site.
- Oct. 9, 2014: Applications are due at The Chamber Building by 5 p.m., in hard copy or electronic format. Proposals sent by US Mail must be received by this same time; applicants are advised to plan accordingly.
- Oct. 13 thru Oct. 24, 2014: The LSP Class Project Committee reviews the proposals and visits the facilities as required, then selects a short list of three proposed projects, with the approval of the LSP Executive Committee and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®.
- Oct. 24, 2014: Short-listed recipients are notified, and directed to begin preparation of detailed proposals and presentations in draft form.
- Short-listed recipients submit draft proposals and perform a preview of their presentations for the Class Project Committee, which will provide comments and guidance to assist the recipients in making sure their presentations will meet LSP criteria and will be clearly understood by the Class.
- Dec. 11, 2014: Final project proposals due at The Chamber Building by 5 p.m. in hard copy or electronic format.
- Dec. 15, 2014: Short-listed recipients deliver their project presentations for the Class of 2015 at the Orientation Dinner (Vinoy). Exact presentation times are to be determined.
- Jan. 10, 2015: Prior to the end of the Opening Retreat, the LSP Class of 2015 will select the class project from among the three short-listed projects by majority vote. Please provide the name and cell phone number for two contact persons to be notified of the class decision immediately following the vote.
- January 2015 through April 2015: Class project development by the Class of 2015.
- May 9, 2015: Class Project Day.