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- (Aaron Houston / NJBIZ)

Choose New Jersey Inc. announced Wednesday the launch of RFP Watch, a daily e-mail service providing subscribers with access to public and private business opportunities throughout New Jersey and neighboring states.

Choose New Jersey, the Princeton-based nonprofit that acts as the state's corporate recruitment arm, describes the service as a "business intelligence and procurement database."

RFP Watch includes information about bids, requests for proposal, requests for information and requests for quotation from more than 30,000 data sources, including New Jersey's state and local governments. The service also includes information from special district agencies, including police and fire departments, school districts, hospitals, parks and recreation groups, utilities, airports, and public transportation and toll roads.

RFP Watch territory covers all metropolitan statistical areas in New Jersey, touching upon New York and Pennsylvania. The service was rolled out last week.

"It's a powerful new tool for all companies, especially those who want the opportunity to bid on contracts associated with rebuilding after superstorm Sandy," said Choose New Jersey CEO Tracye McDaniel in a news release.

Choose New Jersey said users can customize their daily reports by selecting among 20 categories most relevant to their business. Categories include architectural and engineering, business and consulting services, construction, financial services and insurance, and operations and maintenance. The database also provides access to purchase bids, RFPs and RFIs from federal government agencies and the private sector.

"RFP Watch eliminates the need for multiple database subscriptions," said Michael Chrobak, Choose New Jersey's chief economic development officer. "Subscribers now have access to business opportunities throughout the state … from a single, easy-to-use daily source."

Choose New Jersey is partnering with chambers of commerce and business associations statewide to make RFP Watch available to their members. Spokeswoman Susan White said prices will vary depending on how each chamber or business association decides to offer the service. And while she declined to discuss specifics, White said the service will be more affordable than going through ordinary private vendors, where prices can easily surpass $1,000.

RFP Watch also is available to New Jersey companies not affiliated with a chamber or business association for a subscription fee. Pricing was not disclosed.

Chambers of commerce and business associations interested in sponsoring RFP Watch can contact Chrobak at Choose New Jersey at (609) 297-2200 or rfpwatch@choosenj.com. For subscription information, contact rfpwatch@choosenj.com or visit rfpwatch.choosenj.com.

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