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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Press Release # 01-07
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Contact: Amanda R. Pitman (212) 863-6166


The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Turner Construction Company and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI), hosted the first class of the Turner School of Construction Management Program, a training program to help local, minority- and women-owned construction businesses bid competitively in the private and public sectors.  Located in Harlem, the Program will cover all aspects of the construction business and will be taught by Turner managers and other professionals, including HPD personnel.  This eight week, sixteen-session course is open to owners and managers of experienced construction firms.

HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan said, “Mayor Bloomberg’s $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 units of housing over ten years is the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation’s history. We want to ensure that local, minority and women owned construction businesses have an opportunity to be a part of that ambitious plan. HPD’s involvement is part of the agency’s continuing work to improve access to contract opportunities.  For the past twenty years, HPD’s Business Opportunity Program has offered seminars, provided counseling and has sponsored its own contractor training program for emerging construction businesses, including Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise firms certified by the Department of Small Business Services. We are delighted to partner with Turner Construction and HCCI to further expand our efforts.”

The Turner School of Construction Management Program will teach contractors the essentials of managing a business, including how to develop a business plan, estimate and bid a larger job, obtain bonding, enforce safety principles and establish and manage credit, to become better equipped to compete for progressively larger contracts.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with peers, instructors, representatives of City agencies and others in the construction industry during the Program.  The Program will also create a pool of locally based minority- and women-owned construction firms with the necessary skills to perform work on future Turner, HCCI and City-financed projects. 

“We are very proud to participate in The Turner School of Construction Management Program,” said Lucille L. McEwen, President and CEO of HCCI. “The core of HCCI’s mission is to provide economic empowerment tools to Harlem residents. Like our Construction Trades Academy, which trains low-income residents for jobs in the construction industry, the Turner program will enable local entrepreneurs to benefit from the real estate boom in Harlem and to capitalize on construction opportunities throughout the City.”

This public-private collaboration is one strategy HPD is using that will empower minority- and women-owned firms to develop new relationships while also improving their competitive advantage in the marketplace, an effort Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is supporting Citywide.  In September 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed Executive Order 71 to increase the use of minority- and women-owned businesses in City contracting. The Order directs the City's Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to establish a goals-based program for City agencies and their prime contractors to increase the pool of minority and women-owned businesses that are employed when government contracts are available.  HPD is working with SBS to market the Program to minority- and women-owned businesses.

The Turner School of Construction Management Program will be take place at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on West 125th Street in Harlem.  Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 PM, through Thursday, March 8.  The Program is open to owners and representatives of construction businesses with a three-year track record.  To register, call (212) 491-3315, extension 12 or visit


The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's (HPD) mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation’s largest municipal housing development agency and is implementing Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing over ten years. The New Housing Marketplace Plan is the largest municipal affordable housing effort in the nation’s history. HPD also encourages the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.


Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) is a diverse interfaith consortium of more than 90 congregations established to revitalize the physical, economic, cultural, and spiritual conditions of the Harlem community.  HCCI has made a substantial impact on the social and living conditions prevalent in Harlem by developing low to moderate income housing; creating supportive health and human service facilities and programs; providing commercial development opportunities to local businesses; and expanding cultural programs.



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