Press Release Article


Date: May 19, 2005
Press Release Number: 60-2005

More than 200 businesses are expected to participate in the Northeast Regional Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference on May 24 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, N.J.

The conference will provide minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged firms with information on current and upcoming regional transportation projects and help them identify the capital and support services needed to take advantage of the contracting opportunities they create.

The Port Authority will present information on its capital program and opportunities related to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “The information provided at this conference could translate into thousands of dollars for participants.

Major contractors and prospective clients, like the Port Authority, will provide information on how to be competitive in the bidding process.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “We are looking forward to participating in the conference. This is an excellent opportunity for the smaller firms to meet the major players in the field, including prime contractors, banking representatives and public agency executives. They all will provide professional expertise, answer questions and network with attendees.”

Eligible business owners and executives who wish to attend the conference can register online at or register the day of the conference at 8 a.m.

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 and Bus Station; 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 New York Container 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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