VTA to Host Business Diversity Event Promoting Contracting Opportunities in Santa Clara County11/8/2017 3:24 PM |
In an effort to engage small and disadvantaged businesses in larger local contracts, VTA and the County of Santa Clara will hold a Procurement and Supplier Diversity Outreach Event, Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at VTA headquarters, 3331 North First Street, San Jose.
The event is one of multiple outreach programs that are part of the Regional Business Diversity Program Senator Jim Beall, sponsor of SB1 transportation bill will attend the event at 2 p.m. to support the effort and highlight the importance of including small and disadvantaged businesses in the contracting process.
After creating a successful Business Diversity Program at VTA to engage small businesses in transportation contracts, VTA partnered with the County of Santa Clara to create the Regional Business Diversity Program, which promotes opportunities for women and minority owned businesses, as well as LGBTQ and Disabled Veteran-Owned enterprises.
“The Regional Business Diversity Program is exactly the type of outreach program that expands Senate Bill 1’s economic impact,” said Senator Beall. “This program will inform and instruct minority and women-owned businesses about the opportunities available to them under the bill. The economic activity generated by the state must benefit Californians.’’
Featured presentations include contracting opportunities from public agencies and prime contractors associated with Santa Clara County Measure A, San Jose Evergreen Community College District Measure X, and BART Measure RR, as well as other projects.
The County of Santa Clara’s Measure A, which voters approved in November 2016, aims to raise $950 million for housing programs through general obligations bonds. Measure X will provide $748 million for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District for new facilities and upgrades. And Measure RR authorizes BART to issue $3.5 billion in bonds to fund system renewal projects backed by a tax on property within the three-county BART District (San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties).