WSSC Report Reveals an Increase of SLMBE Payments
Prince George’s and Montgomery County Contractors Benefit
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – November 3, 2014: WSSC spending with Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) increased to $99.9 million (20 percent) in Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). Of that amount, thirty-one percent ($31.4 million) was made to firms in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Although the Commission did not meet its goal of 26 percent, it exceeded last year’s total contract payments by $7.8 million.
“We are excited that our supplier diversity efforts are coming to fruition particularly within the communities we serve,” said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC GM/CEO. “In order to meet future goals, our strategy will continue to focus on outreach, supplier development and advocacy as well as compliance.”
Spending with Small, Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) firms also increased in FY14 to $18.2 million; $11.1 million over the previous fiscal year. Payments to small businesses in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties totaled $15 million.
Expanding the pool of Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) suppliers with the potential to be good partners is a key aspect of WSSC’s strategies. In FY14 the Commission’s SLMBE Office conducted over 65 outreach events. As a result, 840 new suppliers registered in the Commission’s Centralized Bidder Registration (CBR) system, including 80 new firms in the SLBE Program.
This information is included in the FY14 SLMBE Legislative Report which WSSC is required to submit annually to the Maryland General Assembly. The Report can be accessed on the WSSC website: http://www.wsscwater.com/legreport/.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.