Mayor, DPW, Louis Berger Recognize Inaugural Class Businesses Completing City’s Consent Decree Construction Management Training Program

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For Release:  Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Contact: The Pyatt Group LLC ⦁ 410-433-2400 ⦁ info@pyattgroup.com

Mayor, DPW, Louis Berger Recognize Inaugural Class Businesses Completing City’s Consent Decree Construction Management Training Program

Twenty-seven men and women representing 22 small businesses recently completed a 10-week Construction Management Training Program to become contract ready strategically positioned to compete for $1 Billion in Consent Decree contract awards.

On Wednesday, February 22, classroom participants and facilitators were invited to City Hall where their accomplishment was celebrated by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Director of Public Works Rudolph S. Chow and Arthur Jones-Dove, vice president, Louis Berger.

The (DPW) Small Business Development program convened between September and December of last year at the Baltimore City Small Business Resource Center on E. 33rd Street. Part of the Local Economic Development initiative of Baltimore City’s Wet Weather Consent Decree, DPW’s Small Business Development program is the first of its kind locally.

City officials, prime contractors and consultants facilitated the weekly classes which included 10-hour OSHA Training and Certification, Estimating and Bidding, Construction Management Best Practices, Project Management and Scheduling, Contract Administration, Accounting Best Practices, Bonding Relationships and Requirements, and Doing Business with the City of Baltimore.  Sessions also provided one-on-one needs assessments for established business practices. 

Participant progress will be followed closely monitored by DPW as small business owners are mentored by consent decree prime contractors in preparation for future work. Mayor Pugh cited the necessity of small businesses to get “trained, qualified and certified” to earn a bigger share of city business.  Director Chow valued the program as providing small business with access to billions of dollars in non-Consent Decree work that must also be performed in Baltimore.  Mr. Jones-Dove encouraged business owners to actively network and recruit colleagues to participate in upcoming SBDP sponsored training. 

The Small Business Development program will be repeated in the Fall of 2017.  Recruitment will begin this Spring and is open to certified and certifiable minority/women owned businesses interested in Consent Decree work. For additional information, call The Pyatt Group LLC, 410-433-2400 or email info@pyattgroup.com.

 

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