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UTPA to host South Texas Construction Conference March 9
Posted: 02/08/2000
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EDINBURG - A look at opportunities for business growth in the South Texas region in the new millennium will be the focus of the "South Texas Construction Conference: Building in the 21st Century" on March 9 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The University of Texas-Pan American Annex.

Sponsored by UTPA's, Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program Office, the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas, and the HUB Construction Workgroup, the conference is designed to facilitate contracting opportunities with public and private sector entities participating in the conference. An emphasis will be placed on educating construction businesses on issues currently facing the industry, and developing viable programs addressing diversity issues while focusing on a positive framework of "inclusiveness".

During the conference, more than $100 million in state and federal contracts for the South Texas Region will be announced.

"We would like to see a strong representation from our local construction community at the conference to learn how to effectively participate and compete for these contracts," said Robert Cantu, UTPA's HUB Program Coordinator. "Engaging our local contractors in these projects will magnify the economic prosperity of our region."

Exhibitors will represent local/state/federal, corporate buyers and contractors interested in doing business with minority-and women-owned contractors in attendance from throughout Texas.

Opportunities at the conference include procurement, networking, and marketing strategies with key public agencies, corporations and prime contractors.

There will also be educational programs covering industry-specific topics such as: Construction Law, Bonding and Insurance, the Design-Build Delivery Method, a how-to session on reading and preparing construction bids, and a session designed to help Contractors utilize the Internet to find pubic contracting opportunities.

All sessions will be held at the UTPA Annex, 2412 S. Closner Blvd. (Old Wal-Mart building).

For more information, contact Roberto Cantu at 956/316-7105.

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