$573 Million of Local Business Opportunities
Building Business Rally Presents $573 Million of Business Opportunities
|PWC CEO David Trego welcomes attendees to the
Building Business Rally
|The City of Fayetteville’s Rob Stone presents $55 million in upcoming city stormwater and transportation projects.|
Thirty-five local businesses attended the first Building Business Rally held Thursday, July 21 in Fayetteville and were provided a wealth of information to better prepare them for future business opportunities. The Rally was a collaborative effort of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, which combined have $573 Million in utility capital improvement projects planned over the next five years.
“This event provided PWC, the City and the County the opportunity to highlight the projects we have upcoming over the next five years to our local contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers,” said David Trego, PWC CEO/General Manager. “ This will allow them the opportunity to plan for these projects, participate in the bidding process and hopefully grow and improve our local economy.”
Attendees which, included utility contractors and other businesses that support utility construction, received information from each partner agency about projects and potential bid opportunities through 2021. The Rally engaged numerous local business ranging from utility contractors and engineers to tree services, construction materials, and personnel staffing.
“As a locally owned and operated business with
a desire to grow, we were impressed with the Building Business Rally. The professionalism and organization of the event far exceeded all expectations. “said Teri Schultz, Branch Manager of Cape Fear Staffing. “ As a small business that competes with national companies, it was great to hear that local government really wants to keep money local.”
The partner agencies were joined by representatives of NC Department of Transportation and the Department of Administration who held special sessions on How to Register as a Disadvantaged Business and Historically Underutilized Business as well as a general session on How to do Business with the local organizations.
During the Rally, the City of Fayetteville presented $55 Million in projects planned over the next five years including $38 Million in Storm Drainage Improvements, $3.3 Million in Intersection Improvements and $3.1 in Sidewalk Improvements. PWC projected spending $289 Million over the next five years including sewer installation, water and sewer main rehabilitation and utility improvement or relocation related to NC DOT road projects. Cumberland County currently has over $5 Million in upcoming utility projects.
“We are excited at the interest in today’s event and to have provided such a great networking opportunity due to the wide variety of contractors, consultants and suppliers who attended,” said PWC Procurement Manager Gloria Wrench.
Attendees commented the Rally was very informative and said they appreciated the effort partner agencies had to involve them in the efforts which enhance our community. For some attendees, the Rally provided them the opportunity to register as a vendor to receive notifications of bid opportunities and their first overview of how to do business with the Building Business Rally Partners.
The Building Business Rally is the first of a series of planned events to help local businesses learn about bid opportunities which can help their business grow.