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August 11, 2016

2016 CUNY/CUCF Conference on MWBE and SDVOB Contract Opportunities

At the John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Attendees gather in a hall at the CUNY MWBE event.


The City University Construction Fund (CUCF) held its annual Conference on Contract Opportunities in August. CUCF is the City University of New York’s (CUNY) main administer of the construction, design and development of CUNY facilities. The Conference was held at John Jay College’s rotunda, where 712 people and 75 exhibitors attended. The mission of the conference was to share the many contract opportunities available, to minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVOB), with CUNY and CUCF.

The success of the MWBE and diversity programs across the city requires a successful partnership with the industry. “Reaching out to industry professionals this way involves more consultants in the City’s competitive bidding process, helps them gain business and plan their workload, and gives DDC a greater pool of consultants to work with, all at a time when the agency is taking on an increasingly varied group of projects.” said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. DDC’s Diversity relations outreach unit attended the event to not only maintain contact with potential vendors but also foster strong relationships with the industry professionals. 

Magalie D. Austin is the Chief Officer of the Office of Diversity and Industry Relations for the Department of Design and Construction. The Office of Diversity and Industry Relations develops, implements, and monitors innovative policies and procedures to support minority and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBE), as well as strengthen relationships with industry partners.