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Photo Captions: Joint Purchasing Exchange Promotes Jobs in Western New York for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

October 26, 2009


The New York Power Authority's John Briggs (Niagara), Sandy Johnston (St. Lawrence), Bruce Shoener (Clark) and Pat Donnelly (Clark) met with vendors October 20 at the Supplier Diversity Purchasing Exchange in Buffalo.  This was the first purchasing exchange for minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) to be jointly sponsored by the NYPA and National Grid, in conjunction with Empire State Development Corporation Division of Minority and Women Business Development.  M/WBEs were able to explore procurement opportunities with purchasing representatives from NYPA, National Grid, other utilities, public agencies and private corporations.  Special emphasis was placed on New York State stimulus opportunities, energy efficiency initiatives and green technologies. 



From left: Debra White, manager, supplier diversity program; Michael Jones-Bey, executive director for Empire State Development's Division of Minority & Women Business Development; Joan Tursi, SVP, enterprise shared services; Donna M. Brown, Buffalo deputy mayor; Khisha Laguerre-Arnold, senior community relations representative; Patricia Leto, VP, procurement; Sobeida Cruz, director, public & governmental affairs, Lower Hudson Valley, and Carla Hunter-Ramsey, director, supplier diversity for National Grid.


Photo Credit:  NYPA 

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