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December 12, 2000

Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076

New HPD Training Program Gives Community Contractors a Leg-Up

Participants Learn Management Skills and Blueprint for Complex Procurement Process

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine today unveiled the Office of Community Partnerships' (OCP) latest educational initiative, the Contractor Training Program. This ten-topic program offers small, minority- and women-owned construction firms classroom instruction in business management skills. It also provides information about business opportunities with HPD and other city agencies.

"This program is a great resource for community contractors," said Commissioner Perine. "Through it, small, minority- or women-owned construction firms can acquire the business skills and information they need to compete for government contracts and become successful entrepreneurs."

This cycle of classes for the Contractor Training Program is full and beginsDecember 14. All sessions will be held at the headquarters of the New York Cityand Vicinity Carpenters Labor-Management Corporation Trust Fund at 395 HudsonSt. in Manhattan.

SubjectDataSession #
The Business Plan12/14/001
Legal Organization/Contracts12/21/002
Blueprint Reading I1/4/013
Blueprint Reading II1/11/014
Construction Estimating I1/18/015
Construction Estimating II1/25/016
Construction Estimating III2/1/017
The Business Plan II2/8/018
Insurance and Bonding for Contractors2/22/0110
Marketing the Firm3/1/0111
Office Organization and Technology3/8/0112
Public and Private Contract Opportunities3/15/0113
Business Plan Review and Graduation3/22/0114

The Contractor Training Program descends from a similar program formerly administered by HPD, the Small Contractors Assistance Program (SCAP). In its 15 year history, SCAP graduated more than 900 representatives from more than 650 firms, over 85% of which were based in the city. 82 firms owned by SCAP graduates participated in HPD and other city agency activities. Together, these firms won 404 prime contracts for a total of $36, 795,803 and 431 sub-contracts for a total of $78,428,565. 83% of graduate firms were minority owned, and 13% were women owned.

In addition to teaching management skills and providing information about contract opportunities with government agencies, the classes will include computer training. Interested parties who want applications for and information about the next cycle of classes may write. New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Office of Community Partnerships, attn. of Dennis Parham, 100 Gold St. Rm. 527, New York, NY 10038.

The Contractor Training Program is a partnership between HPD and the New York City and Vicinity Carpenters Labor-Management Corporation Trust Fund. The fund finances the program and provides facilities, while HPD staff furnish their programmatic and management expertise. The program also will demonstrate how unions can be helpful to small, community businesses.

HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since Fiscal Year 1994, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of nearly 65,000 units of affordable housing.

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