City Hosts Outreach Event for Minority Contractors

MBE/WBE firms sought to bid on work at Collins Park Water Treatment Plant

Toledo, OH – The City of Toledo is hosting an outreach event for Minority Business Enterprises and Women Business Enterprises at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16th, 2015 at the University of Toledo’s Minority Business Development Center, room 1080, 2145 E. Scott Park Dr., on the Scott Park Campus

The event will assist businesses in learning more about construction projects that are coming up for bid at Collins Park Water Treatment Plant. The city’s goal is to have contractors achieve a minimum of 15 percent MBE/WBE participation. The total amount of work awarded to MBE/WBE firms so far is $3.2 million.

“As a City, we are committed to economic inclusion and diversity in our workforce. We strive to reach above our minimum goal, work with small businesses and impact our community,” said Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

The event begins with networking, followed by presentations. The city will provide information on the process for becoming pre-qualified and/or certified to bid on projects.

“We are working directly with companies to help them understand the process and, in some cases, encouraging them to partner up with larger companies, when appropriate, to collaborate,” said Warren Henry, P.E., the city’s water program manager. “We are looking for small businesses in all of the construction trades.”

The work underway at Collins Park includes $264 million in upgrades supported by rate increases that were approved by city council in 2013. The scope of work includes equipment replacement, structural improvements, electrical upgrades and capacity expansion. There is roughly $40 million in projects bidding in calendar year 2015.

To RSVP for the event, participants should e-mail Alan Bannister at or call 419- 245-1198. 

Posted by Stacy Weber on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.