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Released: 10/15/2015 

DRPA to Host Special Engineer, Contractor and Professional Services Outreach Event

Office of Business Development and Equal Opportunity to partner with
Engineering Department on ‘how to do business with DRPA’ event

CAMDEN, N.J. (October 15, 2015): On Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon, the Delaware River Port Authority’s (DRPA) Office of Business Development & Equal Opportunity (OBD&EO), in collaboration with the DRPA’s Engineering Department, will host a special outreach event for engineering firms, contractors and companies that provide professional services. The event will provide an opportunity for these firms to learn more about accessing contracting opportunities at the DRPA.

“One of the most important priorities at the Authority is bringing value to the public we serve,” said John T. Hanson DRPA CEO and PATCO President. “This event will enable us to provide interested companies with useful information on how to do business with the DRPA.”

At the special November 12, 2015 outreach event, the Authority will provide an overview of the 2016 Capital Budget, including upcoming projects, the bid, Statement of Qualifications and Request for Proposal process, and information on the Authority’s MBE/WBE participation goals and compliance efforts.

“The outreach event on November 12, 2015 will be the second event held at the DRPA since the establishment of the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee of the Labor Committee,” said DRPA Board Chairman Ryan N. Boyer. “This Subcommittee, which was established at my direction, and that of DRPA Board Vice Chairman Jeff Nash,  and with the full support of our Board of Commissioners, oversees and promotes the Authority’s diversity and inclusion policies, initiative and goals.”

DRPA Vice Chairman Jeff Nash added, “We look forward to providing another opportunity for companies in the region to be made aware of our mission to provide equal contracting opportunities. This is just one way in which embracing diversity and inclusion is good for business, both for the Authority and for our potential vendor partners.”

Following the event presentations, there will be an  opportunity for attendees to network with each other and DRPA staff from the Engineering Department, Office of Business Development & Equal Opportunity and Contract Administration in break-out groups.  

Six (6) professional engineering firms and two (2) general contractors that currently do business with the DRPA on large capital projects are confirmed to attend. These companies include:

•    AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
•    A.P. Construction, Inc.
•    Corcon
•    HNTB Corporation
•    Pennoni Associates
•    Remington & Vernick Engineers
•    STV, Inc.
•    Urban Engineers, Inc.

The networking session will enable attendees to meet each other and discuss their respective services and expertise.

DRPA Chief Administrative Officer Toni P. Brown said, “Experienced staff in the Office of Business Development & Equal Opportunity, the Engineering Department and the Contract Administration Department will be available at this special event to meet and greet the attendees and provide answers to any questions the attendees may have about our capital projects and how to do business with our agency.” CAO Brown added, “These outreach events give us an opportunity to showcase our organization and learn more about companies who have an expertise and energy to dedicate to our projects.”

The program will take place at DRPA’s Headquarters at One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, 08101, in the 11th Floor Board Room.

All interested companies must pre-register for the event by Wednesday, November 4th by completing the event registration form found at Limited space is available and vendor responses thus far have been extremely positive so the event is expected to reach capacity quickly.  Companies that wish to participate are strongly encouraged to pre-register immediately. For more information you may also call the DRPA Office of Business Development & Equal Opportunity at 856.968.2270.

About DRPA: The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency that serves as a steward of four bridges that cross the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey: the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges. Through its Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), the DRPA also operates a transit line between Lindenwold, Camden County, New Jersey and Center City Philadelphia.

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