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PORT AUTHORITY ESTABLISHES OUTREACH PROGRAM TO PROMOTE MINORITY AND WOMEN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY AND THE BRONX

Date: Dec 11, 2002
Press Release Number: 131-2002

At the request of Governor George E. Pataki, the Port Authority will help establish an outreach program that will provide technical assistance to small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Westchester County and the Bronx.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has agreed to contribute $50,000 a year for two years towards the formation of The Accelerator Program. The program, sponsored by the Westchester County Association, will help minority-owned and women-owned businesses as well as small businesses find out more about what contracts are available to prepare these businesses to make successful bids.

Governor Pataki said, “Now more than ever, it is critical for government and private enterprise to work together to revitalize our economy and retain jobs, and continue to build our communities throughout New York State. This program will help small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Westchester County and the Bronx acquire the resources they need to succeed.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “The Port Authority has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to help the growth in minority-owned and women-owned businesses, as well as small businesses. Last year, the agency established a new record by awarding nearly $284 million in contracts to minority and women-owned businesses, an increase of 17 percent over the previous year. We are striving to improve upon these positive results.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “This new program will continue our support for outreach programs that will foster growth in minority and women-owned businesses throughout the region. By identifying new potential bidders, it also will provide the Port Authority with an increasing pool of qualified minority-owned and women-owned businesses available to bid on agency construction and goods and services contracts.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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