NYPA Will Sponsor White
Plains Event for Minority-, Women-Owned Firms
June 14, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
will sponsor its 14th annual supplier diversity purchasing exchange
for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) on
Thursday, June 17 from noon to 4 pm at NYPA’s offices at 123 Main
St. in downtown White Plains. Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and
chief executive officer of NYPA, will give keynote remarks to kick
off the event.
“The Power Authority philosophy toward supplier
diversity is that it’s good business to do business with minority-
and women-owned companies because we all benefit when more of us
succeed,” said Zeltmann. “As part of Governor George E. Pataki’s
efforts to promote economic development, supplier diversity helps
New York’s economy prosper and become more vital by giving everyone
the opportunity to contribute to economic growth.”
The purchasing exchange enables qualified M/WBEs
to explore business opportunities with purchasing representatives
from NYPA, other public agencies and private corporations. Those
planning to participate this year include: Bank of New York,
Colgate-Palmolive, KeySpan, the New York State Dormitory Authority,
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Hertz Corporation,
Con Edison, IBM, Battery Park City Authority and New Jersey Transit,
among many others.
M/WBEs attending the purchasing exchange should
specialize in supplying professional services, construction-related
goods or services or high technology goods or services. Interested
M/WBEs can respond by using the on-line Purchasing Exchange
Confirmation Form available at the link on the NYPA homepage,
www.nypa.gov. For more information, call 914-681-6976 or 6453.
It is not necessary for M/WBEs to be certified by New York State to
attend this purchasing exchange, though representatives will be
available to assist those interested in the certification process.
The Power Authority operates a multi-million
dollar supplier diversity program, under the direction of Debra
White, supplier diversity program manager, to ensure that M/WBEs
actively and successfully participate in NYPA’s procurement process.
NYPA has held annual purchasing exchanges in New
York City or Westchester County for the past 13 years and, in 2002,
conducted its first upstate purchasing exchange in Utica. It held a
second upstate exchange last year in Buffalo. The exchanges have
resulted in numerous contract opportunities for M/WBEs, and expanded
vendor pools for participating private corporations and public
agencies. These efforts, along with NYPA’s overall supplier
diversity program, have resulted in more than $380 million in NYPA
business, and other significant business opportunities, for M/WBEs.
The Power Authority has established many
professional affiliations with minority and women’s organizations,
trade associations and purchasing councils. NYPA’s advocacy of
supplier diversity has been recognized with numerous awards.