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Media Advisory And Photo Opportunity: First Of Its Kind: Joint Purchasing Exchange To Promote Jobs In Western New York For Minority- And Women-Owned Businesses

October 19, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and National Grid are jointly sponsoring the first Upstate Purchasing Exchange for minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs), in conjunction with Empire State Development Corporation Division of Minority and Women Business Development.

More than 30 different companies and organizations are expected to send representatives to meet with M/WBEs who attend this event. The Upstate Purchasing Exchange will enable M/WBEs to explore procurement opportunities with purchasing representatives from NYPA, National Grid, other utilities, public agencies and private corporations.  In addition to the variety of procurement opportunities, special emphasis will also be placed on New York State stimulus opportunities, energy efficiency initiatives and green technologies. 

 EVENT:             Upstate Purchasing Exchange

DATE:                Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009

TIME:                 12 noon 4 p.m. (Note: Short Program at 1pm, best time for interviews is post-Program)

LOCATION:         Embassy Suites Buffalo
                          200 Delaware Ave.
                          Buffalo, NY 14202                        

CONTACTS:        Connie M. Cullen
                           914-390-8196
                                  
connie.cullen@nypa.gov

                                    Courtney Quatrino
                           315-428-5891
                           courtney.quatrino@us.ngrid.com

About NYPA:

■    The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation's largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.  ■    For more information, www.nypa.gov

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