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NYPA Will Sponsor Syracuse Event for Minority- and Women-Owned Firms

Connie M. Cullen

April 12, 2006


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will sponsor a supplier diversity purchasing exchange for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) on Thursday, April 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Syracuse in East Syracuse.

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 the New York State Thruway Authority, New York State Office of General Services, Entergy Corporation, New York State Dormitory Authority, New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Empire State Development Corporation, Turner Construction, New York State Department of Education, Key Bank and the United States Small Business Administration, 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.  It is not necessary for M/WBEs to be certified by New York State to attend, though representatives will be available to assist those interested in the certification process. (For more information, call 914-681-6976 or 6453.)

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. 

In addition to the purchasing exchange in East Syracuse, NYPA is planning its 16th annual Supplier Diversity Purchasing Exchange for June 22 at its White Plains office.  In 2002, NYPA conducted its first upstate purchasing exchange in Utica and began the practice of holding upstate purchasing exchanges every other year.  The second upstate exchange was held in Buffalo in 2004.  

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 $429 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.  Its advocacy of supplier diversity has been recognized with numerous awards.

 About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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