WSSC to Present Updates to the Small Local Business Enterprise and Minority Business Enterprise Program Policies

Business Owners and Stakeholders Encouraged to Attend Public Meetings to Provide Feedback

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 “Diversity... Just the Way We Do Business"

Laurel – March 10, 2017: WSSC is encouraging local businesses and stakeholders to attend important information about changes to its Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program Policies.  Two public meetings will be held in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties later this month.

The Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program Policies, (referred to as Standard Procedures or SPs) incorporate the race and gender-neutral and narrowly-tailored, race- and gender-conscious remedies for small businesses as set forth in its recently completed 2015 Disparity Study. These policies will be presented to WSSC’s Commissioners at their monthly meeting on March 15.

WSSC’s MBE Program is scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2017.  WSSC is working with Maryland state legislators during the 2017 legislative session in Annapolis to ensure that this vital program is reauthorized.

Two (2) SLMBE Public Meetings are being conducted to review the updated policies:

 

WSSC Headquarters                                                Silver Spring Civic Building
Wednesday, March 15, 2017                                    Thursday, March 16, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.                                                 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Auditorium  Hall                                                          (In the Great Hall)

14501 Sweitzer Lane                                                  1 Veterans Place, 8525 Fenton Street
Laurel, MD 20707                                                       Silver Spring, MD 20910

Both public meetings are free to attend and open to the public. For planning purposes, we ask that you register to attend.

To register for the Prince George’s County Meeting, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wsscslmbe-office-policies-public-meetingstickets-30589195106

To register for the Montgomery County Meeting, please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wsscslmbe-office-policies-public-meetingstickets-30588937335

The Public Comment period opens Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Comments can be submitted via email to SLMBEPolicies@wsscwater.com.  Public Comment Forms are also available at www.wsscwater.com/slmbe.

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.

 

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