FORT WORTH -- JULY 30, 2015 -- The Inclusive Supply Chain Working Group recently introduced a new series focused on Emerging Opportunities. Guest panelists included Bech Bruun, Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board and Wayne P. Owen, Jr., Planning Director for the Tarrant Regional Water District. Mike Eastland, Executive Director of the North Texas Council of Governments moderated the panel.
The panel discussed the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) recent award of $4 billion in low-interest project funding via the State Water Implementation Fund of Texas (SWIFT). The awards are designed to increase water supplies across the state and promote a handful of conservation efforts. From transmission lines to desalination plants, the Board approved 32 projects -- $1 billion for projects within the next year and $2.9 billion over the next decade.
Unique to Texas is the planning commitment made by the voters and the government to examine and plan for water resources for the next 50 years. Traditional planning is generally 5-10 years out; but because of previous drought conditions that impact Texas, the TWDB looks 50 years out in its planning process.
Part of the current awards were made to the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD). Wayne P. Owen, Jr., Planning Director for the District discussed the involvement of the district with the various cities in North Texas. He also mentioned the various projects and reservoir projects ongoing in the region. There are several projects underway and still others the District is interested in expanding or initiating.
The panelist discussed the areas for minority business opportunities, as well as their efforts in outreaching and engaging diverse businesses in the various projects. One project boasted diverse utilization of over 50%. The TRWD has a Supplier Diversity Professional and is working to increase its outreach. A Fair Contracting Workshop, planned for August 11, 2015, is designed to provide diverse businesses with a knowledge base related to upcoming projects and opportunities.
For further information concerning the opportunities and direction of the water resource efforts in North Texas and Texas, please contact:
Texas Water Development Board – www.twdb.texas.gov or 512.463.7847
Tarrent Regional Water District – www.trwd.com or 817.335.2491
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The Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The National Minority Supplier Development Council is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connecting them to member corporations.
DALLAS – MAY 4, 2015 -- Coming up on May 11 and 12 at the Irving Convention Center, more than 1000 minority owned businesses from the area will participate in the largest regional business Expo connecting corporations and public sector agencies with certified minority-‐owned businesses – ACCESS 2015 BUSINESS EXPO. This event is a major contributor to the overall yearly figure in business transactions between Council certified Minority Businesses and corporations. The Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council (D/FW MSDC) reported $6.6 Billion in Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) revenues in 2014.
This year’s ACCESS corporate signature sponsor, Texas Instruments; and Minority Business Enterprise sponsor, TSP (Technology Service Professionals) are a great testimony of how minority certification opens doors to business opportunities by connecting large corporations looking for highly competitive suppliers and minority business enterprises with solutions to meet corporate needs.
“ At Texas Instruments, we believe diversity fuels innovation and makes our business communities stronger. With our headquarters in Dallas, we are committed to the North Texas and the US economy by fostering relationships and expanding our network of diverse local suppliers,” shared Rob Simpson, Vice President Worldwide Procurement and Logistics at Texas Instruments. “The D/FW MSDC plays a significant role in facilitating our connections to certified Minority-‐Owned Enterprises in the area. These businesses continue to demonstrate their value by meeting our supply chain needs with innovative, yet cost effective solutions.”
Rick Skaggs, Co-‐founder and President of TSP, stated: “TSP has been an evolving organization from day one. We began 13 years ago as a computer support business and have grown to provide solutions for enterprise, shared services, and industrial automation. Our growth has been due in large part to our ability to listen to customers such as Texas Instruments and find a way to provide what they need. The D/FW MSDC helps facilitate connections between large corporations dedicated to building a diverse network of suppliers and smaller businesses like ours by providing certification, advocacy and real-‐time connections with events such as ACCESS.”
ACCESS 2015 will host more than 70 confirmed State of Texas agencies recruited by State Senator Royce West. The attending State Agencies will be conducting on-‐the-‐spot bid opportunities. Last year, the State Agencies awarded over $1.5 million in contracts at the two-‐day event.
ACCESS 2015 will also introduce a NEW Opportunity Board designed to maximize the real-‐time connections experience; a Business Solutions Pavilion, offering small business solutions and product demonstrations; and more than 40 major corporations seeking diverse suppliers.
True to this year’s ACCESS theme, Margo J. Posey, D/FW MSDC President stated: “We are excited about the growing awareness and continued support in the business community of the value of diversity in the supply chain. Buying entities understand that minority owned business bring a wealth of talent and solutions to the table, as well as provide a way for them to positively impact the economy in our area.” Posey added: “Last year alone 78 North Texas Cities were impacted by D/FW Minority Business Enterprises. The buying power of 518 Buying Entity Members, combined with more than 800 Certified MBEs, created $6.6 Billion in revenues reported and supported 125,600 employment positions with D/FW MSDC MBEs. Growing these numbers by sharing business opportunities and creating real-‐time connections at a Business Expo like ACCESS is very rewarding.”
The two-‐day Expo will also feature corporate and MBE roundtables and one-‐on-‐one business matchmaking between corporations, public sector entities, and minority business suppliers looking to discuss immediate and near-‐term opportunities. Last year, 199 one-‐on-‐one sessions were held by 54 buyers from 25 buying entities. Additionally 359 attendees participated in 72 round table sessions in 2014.
The Twitter Experience, a Media Lounge with exclusive interviews for the Council’s YouTube Channel and the Cyber Lounge are all new components of this year’s ACCESS. “Each year we continue to challenge ourselves to create multiple opportunities for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees to meet, connect, identify opportunities and conduct real business. If you want to participate in the conversation surrounding ACCESS 2015 in real-‐time, be sure to follow our Twitter @dfwmsdc and use #ACCESS2015DFW”, said Posey.
Registration and sponsorship information is available at the Council’s website at www.dfwmsdc.com or by calling 214-630-0747.
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