New York Power Authority Hosts Purchasing Expo in Utica For
Minority and Women-Owned Vendors
Connie M. Cullen
October 11, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS — Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief
executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Friday announced
that NYPA will sponsor a supplier diversity purchasing exchange for minority
and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) on Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 from noon to 4
p.m. at the Hotel Utica in downtown Utica. Zeltmann will also give
remarks to kick off the event.
“As part of Governor Pataki’s continuing efforts to
promote economic development in Upstate New York, the Power Authority is
expanding its successful supplier diversity program to bring more
opportunities to the region’s minority and women owned businesses. This
year’s event in Utica will inaugurate our plans for annual Upstate
purchasing exchanges,” said Zeltmann.
Senator Raymond A. Meier and Assemblywoman RoAnn M.
Destito assisted NYPA in arranging the event.
“The Upstate purchasing exchange organized by the Power Authority's supplier
diversity program is among the array of State efforts, under the direction
of Governor Pataki, to help to businesses — large and small — keep and
create jobs in Upstate New York,” said Senator Meier.
“I am especially pleased that the Power Authority values Utica’s convenient
central location and conference facilities as it hosts this Upstate
purchasing exchange to provide greater access to new markets for our region’s
minority and women entrepreneurs,” said Assemblywoman Destito.
The supplier diversity exchange enables those who qualify as M/WBEs to
explore procurement opportunities with purchasing representatives from NYPA,
other utilities, public agencies and private corporations.
The Power Authority currently operates a multi-million dollar supplier
diversity program to ensure that M/WBEs actively and successfully
participate in NYPA’s procurement of goods and services, construction
contracts and professional services. NYPA’s supplier diversity program is
also responsible for negotiating with subcontractors, evaluating compliance
for prime contracts and monitoring labor force requirements.
As part of NYPA’s outreach to the M/WBE community, NYPA has held annual
purchasing exchanges in either New York City or Westchester County. These
exchanges, over the past dozen years, have resulted in both numerous
contract opportunities for M/WBEs and expanded vendor pools for
participating private corporations and public agencies. These efforts have
resulted in over $350 million in NYPA business, and other significant
business opportunities, for M/WBEs.
“We wanted to make it easier for Upstate business to attend these events
which is why we put our purchasing exchange on the road,” said Debra White,
program administrator for NYPA’s Supplier Diversity Program.
NYPA, through White’s efforts, has established many professional
affiliations with various minority and women’s organizations, trade
associations and purchasing councils.
M/WBEs who would like to attend this purchasing exchange should specialize
in supplying professional services, construction-related goods or services,
or high technology goods or services. Interested M/WBEs should fax, on
plain paper or their letterhead, a note titled purchasing exchange
confirmation which contains their company name, address and phone number,
and names and titles of those attending. The fax number is 914-681-6783 or
6399 and the deadline is Oct. 18. For more information on the purchasing
exchange, call 914-681-6976 or 6453. It is not necessary for M/WBEs to be
certified by New York State to attend this purchasing exchange though
representatives will be available to assist those interested in the
NYPA’s advocacy of supplier diversity has been recognized with numerous
awards such as: the 2002 Corporate Leader of the Year Award from the
African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties,
Inc.; the Chairpersons Award, the Westchester Section Award and Advocate of
the Year Award all from the New York New Jersey Minority Purchasing Council,
and the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Minority Business