Press Release Article


Date: Jul 23, 2004
Press Release Number: 92-2004

The Port Authority will join other public agencies and private organizations to sponsor the 11th Annual Competitive Edge Conference. This two-day event features workshops and seminars addressing issues of importance to disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses. The conference takes place Monday, August 9, between 5:30 and 8 p.m. and Tuesday, August 10, between 8 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Battery Park City in Manhattan.

“Each year, the participating organizations come together to help small firms enhance their business skills and access $30 billion in contracts available throughout the region,” said Wilfred Chabrier, Chairman of the11th Annual Competitive Edge Planning Committee and General Manager of Business and Job Opportunity for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “This year’s conference is entitled, ‘Imagine…the Economic Reality,’ and offers opportunities that no regional entrepreneur should miss.”

Workshops offered will include Developers Forum, New Visions for Women Entrepreneurs, Procurement Opportunities, Access to Capital, Insurance and Bonding and Becoming a Union Contractor. Registrants will have an opportunity to meet with general contractors and key procurement specialists and certification managers from major corporations and governmental agencies, market their services and hear directly from conference sponsors and exhibitors about contracting opportunities.

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In addition to the Port Authority, program sponsors include: Dormitory Authority State of New York, Empire State Development Corporation, Hudson River Park Trust, Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York Power Authority, NYC Department of Education, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC School Construction Authority, Bovis Lend Lease, Crescent Consulting, Fleet Bank, Regional Alliance for Small Contractors, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Tishman Realty & Construction Co., and other major contractors, developers and private corporations that do business with these organizations.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-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 also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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