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Obama foundation releases vision for presidential library, museum

Updated: March 20, 2014 6:57PM

The foundation in charge of building President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library--a legacy instition sought after by a variety of Chicago interests — on Thursday released the first details of what potential bidders have to consider when they put together proposals in the coming months. "The RFQ released today asks interested organizations and institutions to provide initial information about how their proposal will fulfill the guiding principles of the future library. The RFQ also solicits logistical, financial, and organizational information from interested parties – including site details, transportation access, and community information – to demonstrate a capacity to successfully build and maintain a future presidential library," the foundation said in a statement. The first steps toward building President Barack Obama’s library and museum were announced on Jan. 31 with the launch of a foundation to oversee the competitive selection process. The foundation is headed by close Obama friend and Chicago business executive Marty Nesbitt. “Our goal is to build a library of which the whole country, and hopefully the whole world, can be proud,” said Nesbitt in a statement. “Our vision is to create a space that reflects President Obama’s values and priorities throughout his career in public service and serves as force for good in the surrounding community and throughout our world.” From the foundation: Responses to the RFQ are requested to be submitted by June 16, 2014. This summer, the Foundation will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the most competitive applicants, requesting comprehensive proposals for evaluation. The Foundation expects to reach a decision and select a site in early 2015.

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