Monday, July 26, 2021

Will the US participate in Milan Expo 2015? State Dept files RFP.

Milan_2015Inviting bids for a US Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015, the US State Dept today (July 26, 2013) filed an RFP.

Correction to the RFP published August 9, 2013 in the Federal Register:

In notice document 13-18171 beginning on page 45593 in the issue of Monday, July 29, 2013 make the following correction:

On page 45595, in the third column, the first full paragraph should read as follows:

Proposals will be deemed ineligible if they are not submitted by a U.S. citizen, corporation or U.S.-based organization and do not fully adhere to the General Regulations of the Milan Expo 2015 and the guidelines stated herein.

The RFP will be published officially in the Federal Register July 29, 2013.

We asked James Ogul to summarize the situation from his point of view. Ogul is a retired US State Department employee with 28 years of world’s fair experience. He said, “The timeframe for Milan will be very compressed. At the last expo where we built a building, Shanghai Expo 2010 construction took nine and a half months. There are approximately 22 months till opening at Milan. So this would leave 12 and a half months for everything else which would include fundraising, architectural design, exhibition design, exhibit fabrication and staffing and staff training. To the extent that any or all of these tasks are contracted out, time will be required for the contracting process. It will require a prodigious effort. All of that being said, we’ve done it before and I believe we will do it again. Kudos to the State Department for being motivated to do this.”

James Ogul

Milan 2015 will run May 21-October 31, 2015.

Related: James Ogul, expo man for the US government

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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