MWBE Recruitment Initiative Continues for LaGuardia Development Project

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Posted: Monday, February 1, 2016 9:12 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of outreach events across the state to encourage minority and women owned-businesses to take advantage of billions in state contracting opportunities for the LaGuardia Redevelopment Project.

"New York continues to lead the nation in expanding opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses, and this project is no exception," said Governor Cuomo. "The LaGuardia Project will harness the spirit of New York’s thriving entrepreneurial community and continue to bring diversity and fairness to contracting opportunities across the state. With this initiative, we are once again raising the bar, significantly expanding economic opportunity for MWBEs in New York, and I look forward to seeing it get underway."

Since December, the state has hosted three outreach events in Buffalo, Albany and New York City to ensure that the MWBE community is fully informed about the opportunities presented by the LaGuardia Project. New York also held a statewide webinar on January 19, 2016. Together, these events attracted more than 600 MWBEs and other stakeholders. A fifth event, which took place in New York City on January 29, was hugely successful and in fact was oversubscribed.

The state will continue to host MWBE outreach events for the LaGuardia Project at least once a month throughout 2016. Invitations for each event are automatically sent to certified MWBEs listed in both Empire State Development and Port Authority’s online MWBE directories, business associations, and other stakeholders. Anyone interested in learning more about contracting opportunities associated with the LaGuardia Project should register and attend an outreach event.

"Meeting the LaGuardia Project’s 30 percent MWBE utilization goal is a top priority," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "The Port Authority has and will continue to support MWBEs and supplier diversity initiatives whenever possible."

Managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, LaGuardia Airport is undergoing an extensive, multi-year capital redevelopment resulting in billions of dollars in contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. Upon completion, the airport will be transformed into a single, structurally unified terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space, and best-in-class passenger amenities.

To support the state’s efforts in reaching the overall statewide 30 percent MWBE goal, Governor Cuomo recently launched the MWBE Certification Campaign to encourage minority and women business owners to certify with the state and take advantage of current and upcoming state procurement opportunities.

Since 2011, the state has certified more than 4,300 MWBEs and recertified more than 3,600 MWBEs. During his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo pledged to increase MWBE certification by an additional 2,000 businesses, a goal that the state exceeded earlier this month. As a result, the number of state-certified firms has more than doubled in just five years. To further support top state initiatives like the LaGuardia Project, the Governor pledges to certify another 2,000 firms over the next two years.

State MWBE certification has many benefits and allows small, emerging businesses to increase revenue and build capacity. Dream Catcher Communications, a state certified woman-owned business enterprise located in Niskayuna, New York has won contracts with six different state agencies since 2013 alone. Mary Beth Mooney, President and sole owner of Dream Catcher Communications, directly credits her business’ success to its New York State certification.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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