Monday, September 26, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Statewide Procurement Offices Help Companies Win Contracts
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will help Michigan companies seeking to win government contracts to provide products and services for Hurricane Katrina relief through its statewide network of 13 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs).
"The effort to rebuild after Katrina will require labor, goods and services that Michigan companies can provide," Granholm said. "Our network of assistant centers will help companies make connections they need to win a share of the business."
Backing Michigan companies who want to be part of the relief effort is one component of Governor Granholm's coordinated plan to provide assistance in the wake of one of the nation's worst natural disasters. The Governor's plan also provided for hurricane evacuees to be housed and cared for in Michigan, including 289 Louisiana evacuees that were sent by plane to the Battle Creek Air National Guard base shortly after the disaster. She also created the Michigan Hurricane Helpline, which made it possible for Michigan citizens and businesses to pledge donations of goods and services through a central portal so that the donations could be deployed quickly and efficiently.
Companies can find information on the "Hurricane Katrina Contracting Opportunities" part of the MEDC's Web site at www.michigan.org.
The PTACs are non-profits funded by the Federal Defense Logistics Agency in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and its local partners. They support national security by ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers for the Department of Defense and other agencies. PTACs enhance national defense and economic development while assisting Michigan businesses in obtaining and delivering on federal, state and local government contracts.
Each of the 13 Michigan offices is staffed by highly skilled professionals who offer assistance with preparing bids, targeting government markets, getting placement on vendor lists and other services including educational seminars and conferences.
"PTACs are a valuable resource for the small business that is trying to understand how the government procurement process works," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "Michigan companies have an opportunity in a time of vital need, and we will help in whatever way we can."
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.