The New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) continued commitment to increase participation by diverse vendors at all levels of procurement regularly leads NYCHA’s Office of Business Opportunity to find creative ways to identify new firms for potential opportunities and different ways of recognizing those exceptional Minority, Women-owned, and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBE) that contract with NYCHA.
One such organization is Munoz Engineering and Land Surveying P.C. Nominated by (NYCHA), Munoz, won the 2011 Competitive Edge Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Award of Excellence. NYCHA participated as a sponsor of the event held in August as an opportunity for disadvantaged, and MWSBE firms to network with various procurement specialists, general contractors, and key decision makers from state and city agencies, and private corporations. Munoz was recognized for their outstanding work with NYCHA’s Beach 41st Street, Baisley Park, and Harborview properties as one of seven NYCHA prime construction management contractors in the Construction Management Three Program (CM3).
Other awardees at the event included Armand Corporation, winner of the WBE Award of Excellence, and NobleStrategy, winner of the Gene Swanson Leadership Award. Both firms were recognized for their outstanding work in construction management for a government agency.
As an annual sponsor of the event, NYCHA holds two seats on the Competitive Edge Planning Committee. Rashia Mason and Evelyn Diana, of NYCHA’s Office of Business Opportunity, assisted to provide strategic direction in the areas of date selection, speaker identification, and MWSBE outreach. NYCHA was especially helpful in arranging the matchmaking sessions which allowed the firms in attendance to meet directly with purchasing professionals from agencies and private corporations. NYCHA’s Office of Business Opportunity notified over 1,300 firms registered in NYCHA’s MWSBE directory about the event with a personal email and postcards, a true benefit of being registered in the directory.
NYCHA event attendees included representatives from Capital Projects, Supply Chain Operations, General Services, Community Operations, and State and City Legislative Affairs. In addition to NYCHA, participating agencies also included NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC Department of Education, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC School Construction Authority, Battery Park City Authority, Dormitory Authority State of New York, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY Power Authority, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Private partners included Turner, BNY Mellon, and Tishman, among a host of others, all looking to provide contracting opportunities to MWSBE firms.
By Rashia Mason