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PennDOT forums meant to attract diverse, disadvantaged businesses for road contracts

Jeff Himler
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of three sites where PennDOT will hold forums in an attempt to get more disadvantaged and diverse business owners involved in state road and bridge construction projects.

Construction diversity forums, each running 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., are set for Oct. 11 at Cheyney University, Delaware County, Oct. 17 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg and Oct. 25 at IUP.

Officials are encouraging attendance by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Diverse Business construction firms and suppliers that are interested in doing business with PennDOT.

According to federal and state transportation guidelines, a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a small business where socially and economically disadvantaged people control the management and daily operations and own at least a 51 percent interest in the firm. A Diverse Business is a small firm that is minority-owned, woman-owned or veteran-owned and is certified as such by a pertinent organization.

Held in cooperation with Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and Cheyney University Support Services, the sessions will outline upcoming construction projects and will offer details on searching for and bidding on the projects. Other topics will include marketing strategies and PennDOT's vendor registration process.

Friday is the deadline to register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PennDOTconstructionForum. Call 717-787-5891 for details.

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