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Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) Request for Proposals for the Fundraising, Construction, Development, Organization, Management, Disassembly and Removal of a USA Pavilion/Exhibition at Universal Expo Milan Italy 2015, hereafter referred to as Milan Expo 2015
The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) of the Department of State requests proposals from private U.S. individuals, firms, associations and organizations (for profit and non-profit) for the fundraising, construction, development, organization, and management, and disassembly and removal of aUSA Pavilion/exhibition at Milan Expo 2015. The USA Pavilion will be situated on a 2790 square meter plot with a building footprint no more than 70% of the plot size.

The Department will issue a “letter of intent” to the selected organization authorizing that organization to proceed with fundraising to complete the USA Pavilion project. The letter will include guidelines on fundraising to be followed by the selected organization and will establish a deadline for completion of all fundraising activities.

Note that all prospective donors must be vetted with the Department of State for potential conflicts of interest. Cost for a representative USA Pavilion/exhibition for Milan Expo 2015 isestimated to range between $25 million and $45 million and will be the sole responsibility of the selected organization. The Department of State is not now authorized, and does not in the future intend to seek authorization from the U.S. Congress, to provide federal funding for any aspect of the USA Pavilion/exhibition at Milan Expo 2015.

The successful applicant will be responsible for all costs associated with all aspects of the USA Pavilion including its design, development, construction, staffing, management and dismantling and removal of the exhibit at the end of the Expo, as well as all support for the U.S. Commissioner General to be appointed by the President of the United States. The U.S. Pavilion shall be considered on loan to the U.S. Government, and the successful applicant shall be solely responsible for the disposition of the USA Pavilion Exhibits at the conclusion of Milan Expo 2015. The aforementioned loan shall be treated as a gift to the U.S. Government.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Department of State that it can raise the funds necessary to complete the project. Only after the applicant is able to demonstrate that all funding required for this project will be in hand will the Department of State sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with that applicant, sign a Participation Contract with the Expo organizing body, and appoint a Commissioner General. Proposals from non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. firms or organizations shall be deemed ineligible for consideration.