Press Release Article


Date: Oct 07, 2004
Press Release Number: 121-2004

The Port Authority has received the prestigious 2004 Award for Excellence from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.

The agency won the award in the Enterprise category because of its work with community-based organizations to identify and certify small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses eligible to work on its transportation contracts. The agency has created programs to support the growth of these businesses and reaches out to both public and private sector partners to develop programs to increase the supply of skilled laborers to work with these businesses.

The award will be presented to the agency at the NJBIA 2004 Awards for Excellence Dinner at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village in Princeton, N.J., at 6 p.m. on October 19.

“The Port Authority has clearly demonstrated a concern for small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses. Its efforts on their behalf have created more than 1,660 jobs in the region that have generated $73 million in wages and $313 million in regional economic activity over the past year,” said NJBIA President Philip Kirschner. “This is a record that deserves to be recognized.”

Wil Chabrier, the Port Authority’s General Manager of Business and Job Opportunity, said, “For more than 30 years, we have worked to create opportunities for small firms in the construction industry. The Port Authority recognizes the significant job-creating potential of these companies and what that means for New Jersey and the region. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts.”

During the past year, the Port Authority has sponsored and participated in networking events that provide businesses with opportunities to cultivate relationships with industry leaders and potential clients. The Port Authority co-sponsors the Senator Lipman seminar series, which helps small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to operate more efficiently. The agency also supports pre-apprenticeship training programs in both New York and New Jersey. These programs help high school students acquire the skills necessary to compete for entry into state-registered construction training programs.

Since the mid-1970s, the Port Authority has been assisting minority-owned, women-owned and small companies in acquiring contracts with the agency. The agency’s Business and Job Opportunity staff provides information on contracting opportunities, financial and technical assistance, business and labor development programs, seminars, workshops and referral services.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island 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 self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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