Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX

$3 Billion in Transportation Contracting Opportunities in Texas Focus of March 23 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on March 20, 2009

Dr. Tamela Saldana will discuss how small and disadvantaged businesses can pursue contracting opportunities on $3.1 billion in new transportation projects managed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and funded in part by the economic stimulus bill on the March 23 edition of Economic Perspectives.  Saldana, Program Manager for the Business Outreach and Programs Services Office of TxDOT, will provide general information on bidding requirements, the timeline for the letting of the contracts, and the certification process for small disadvantaged businesses.  TxDOT will be holding a Small Business Briefing in Houston on March 27 that will include a workshop with information on contracting opportunities available.

Combining $1.7 billion in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the economic stimulus bill, with other sources of funding, TxDOT will be letting contracts for 29 construction projects and 22 roadway and bridge maintenance and rehabilitation projects across the state in 2009 and 2010.  In selecting the projects for economic stimulus funding, priority was given to projects in economically distressed areas and those that maximize job creation and economic benefit.

Tamela Saldana

Tamela Saldana

Saldana manages programs through her office that enhance business development and contracting opportunities for small and minority vendors.  The programs include the LINC Mentor-Protege Program, the Technical Assistance Program, and the One-on-One Vendor Appointment Program.  Her office also sponsors Small Business Briefings, a two day opportunity and networking conference for small and disadvantaged businesses

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