Chattanooga Construction Conference On Federal, State And Local Contracting Opportunities Set For Sept. 19

Monday, September 9, 2013

Chattanooga will host the 2013 Construction Conference on Sept. 19, aimed at providing area firms information about contracting, supplier, service, training and networking opportunities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), local governments and several prime contractors.

The free conference will take place at The INCubator, which is at 100 Cherokee Blvd.

Information provided at this event will be particularly suited for businesses in the Construction, Facilities Management, Maintenance, Landscaping, Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Supply and TDOT-related areas. However, other businesses interested in knowing more about contracting, supplier and service opportunities with these federal, state and local governmental agencies and service providers, are invited to attend.

Participants also will learn about construction opportunities at the Uranium Processing Facility, a $6.5 billion, 10-year project slated for development in Oak Ridge, TN. In addition, business resource agencies will be on hand to provide information about applying for federal and state certifications, available training programs and other contracting opportunities in this area and throughout the state.

Seating is limited, so make reservations today by calling 423 756-8668 or emailing  kpippin@tsbdc.org. The half-day conference schedule includes:

1:00 pm                Registration begins

1:30 pm                Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Roy R. Rossignol, Chief, Small Business,

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

2:15 pm                Doing Business with the Tennessee Department of Transportation

Victor C. Tyler, P.E., President, Tyler Construction Engineers, P.C

Program Manager, TDOT DBE Supportive Services Program

3:00 pm                Doing Business with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority

Annie Powell, Director of Grants, Technology and Research

Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA)

3:30 pm                Doing Business with Hamilton County

Gail B. Roppo, Director of Purchasing, Hamilton County Government

John Agan, Director of Engineering, Hamilton County Government

4:00 pm                Doing Business with the City of Chattanooga

James McKissic, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, City of Chattanooga

4:30 pm                Doing Business with the Tennessee American Water Company

Brent O’Neil, Director of Engineering, Tennessee American Water Company

Grady Stout, Engineer, Tennessee American Water Company

5:00 pm                Question & Answer / Resource Opportunities

Paul Middlebrooks, CCAS, Marketing Consultant, University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Gloria Armstead, Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration, Tennessee District Office

Maria Noel, Director, African American Business Development, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Sharyn Moreland, Director, Tennessee Small Business Development Center

Chattanooga State Community College


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