“Doing Enterprise with DOT”: First-Time-Ever Occasion Expands Alternatives and Entry in New Procurement Season

Occasion at DOT Headquarters advances DOT’s formidable objectives to create a stage playing-field by attracting companies of all sizes, together with alternatives for Minority and Ladies-Owned Enterprise Enterprises

NEW YORK—NYC Division of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, joined by Mayor’s Workplace of Contract Companies Director/Chief Metropolis Procurement Officer Lisa M. Flores, Small Enterprise Companies Commissioner Kevin D. Kim and NYC Division of Design & Building officers, immediately hosted the primary occasion of its type whereby the company welcomed tons of of attendees to DOT’s places of work in Decrease Manhattan to showcase the company’s contracting choices. By selling equitable contracting and procurement alternatives for all companies that would probably work with DOT, the company goals to dramatically develop the variety amongst firms with which it does enterprise. The Metropolis’s Native Regulation 1 of 2013 established particular M/WBE participation objectives — and NYCDOT is dedicated to remaining an company mannequin within the promotion of equitable contracting and procurement.

“Leveling the taking part in area for companies — particularly small companies and minority and women-owned companies — that need to work with town is a prime precedence of our administration and is one other step we’re taking to make sure that those that are delivering providers for New Yorkers really appear to be the individuals who make up this various metropolis,” mentioned New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams. “DOT’s inventive showcase occasion immediately is a superb instance of how all our metropolis companies can higher open their doorways to M/WBEs throughout the 5 boroughs. Bringing in minority and women-owned companies, small companies, and contractors— all who collectively characterize the complete expertise and variety of our nice metropolis — to fulfill straight with the workers who oversee contracts and procurement is a part of our formidable effort to broaden financial alternative for all New Yorkers.”

“To satisfy Mayor Adams’ purpose of a extra equitable metropolis, our Metropolis authorities must do a greater job of discovering distributors that mirror that unbelievable expertise and variety of our total metropolis,” mentioned NYC DOT Commissioner Rodriguez. “So we’re proud as an company for the primary time to show the tables on a standard truthful immediately: as an alternative, every division at DOT will immediately workers a desk that permits a wide selection of companies to straight discover out extra in regards to the nice alternatives that would await them at DOT. And for these firms excited about changing into one among New York Metropolis’s licensed Minority and Ladies-Owned Enterprises, this occasion will function an opportunity to get licensed.”

“New York Metropolis’s procurement system has been opaque for much too lengthy,” mentioned Director of the Mayor’s Workplace of Contract Companies/Chief Metropolis Procurement Officer Lisa M. Flores. “We can not create a extra environment friendly and equitable procurement system with out really understanding the varied wants and struggles of our Metropolis’s companies, which very true for our M/WBE group. In the present day’s occasion gives a singular alternative to fulfill our potential distributors the place they’re, bridge the data hole, and make it simpler to do enterprise with the Metropolis. I commend the Division of Transportation for making this occasion attainable and taking an necessary step in direction of to growing entry.”

“With a virtually billion-dollar contracts finances, the New York Metropolis Division of Transportation performs a serious function in partaking M/WBE distributors to fulfill the Metropolis’s infrastructure wants,” mentioned Kevin D. Kim, Commissioner NYC Division of Small Enterprise Companies. “Outreach occasions like this show the Metropolis’s dedication to constructing new enterprise relationships with M/WBEs who can contribute to the security and vibrancy of our streets, bridges, and sidewalks whereas rising their companies on the identical time. SBS is proud to companion with DOT to interact extra M/WBEs to have a hand in constructing our financial restoration.”

“DDC is the Metropolis’s main capital building company and likewise accounts for a big proportion of the Metropolis’s M/WBE contract awards,” mentioned NYC Division of Design and Building First Deputy Commissioner Eric Macfarlane. “In anticipation of a giant improve in portfolio worth, we have now improved the best way we do enterprise and made it simpler for contractors and consultants to work with us. We’re looking for one of the best companies that need to make a distinction, constructing out world-class infrastructure applications similar to coastal resiliency tasks and creating one of the best public buildings.”

“Our Metropolis’s M/WBEs are a crucial part of our native financial system,” mentioned NYC Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Between my expertise in M/WBE outreach and my district’s community of achieved entrepreneurs, I do know firsthand the significance and advantages of securing alternatives for these companies. I’m happy that DOT is taking a proactive method to partaking with M/WBE contractors and concentrating on them for profitable alternatives to work with a Metropolis company.”

The Doing Enterprise With DOT occasion and outreach permits DOT to interact with the seller group, particularly smaller sized companies and gives the discussion board for distributors to study undertaking pipelines, talk about contracting alternatives with company officers and for minority and women-owned companies to fulfill and develop relationships with prime contractors. DOT labored together with the Normal Contractors Affiliation, the American Council of Engineering Firms of New York and a number of councils and chambers of commerce representing M/WBEs and small enterprise to ask distributors and assist construct participation.

For its half, DOT will handle an estimated $980 million in contracts throughout the fiscal yr that started this month. DOT awarded over $600 million in contracts to M/WBE from Fiscals Years ’16-22. This fiscal yr (FY ’23) alone DOT has a sturdy procurement plan with over $500M+ in contract alternatives the place we wish to attain an MWBE utilization of 30%. This may be the only largest yr ever within the company’s historical past and DOT seeks to solely additional develop that quantity in future years. In the present day’s Doing Enterprise With DOT is just one step within the course of of making a stage taking part in area by increasing fairness and alternatives for companies.

The next DOT divisions in addition to visiting authorities companies have been represented at particular person tables throughout immediately’s occasion:

  • DOT Bridges
  • DOT ITT- Data, Expertise, Telecom
  • DOT RRM- Roadway Restore and Upkeep
  • DOT SIF- Staten Island Ferry
  • DOT Site visitors Operations- oversees avenue lighting, parking, alerts
  • DOT Site visitors Planning and Administration – oversees security tasks, signage, freight
  • DOT HR/Amenities- Human Assets and Amenities
  • DOT SIM- Sidewalks and Inspection Administration
  • DOT Fleet- Fleet Companies
  • DOT ACCO- Company Chief Contracting Workplace
  • NYC Division of Small Enterprise Companies
  • Mayor’s Workplace of Contract Companies

First-Time-Ever Occasion Expands Alternatives and Entry in New Procurement Season

N Y C D OT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez addresses a crowd from behind a podium at the Doing Business with N Y C D O T Event on July 18, 2022.

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