54 (revised 11/2017) WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report THE ROAD TO EXCELLENCE CONT. support ensuring that engagement and success of WSSC projects and supplier efforts is on both ends, from planning to payment. I practice the belief that we have to plan to be successful. Therefore, if at the planning stage we determine that the diverse or small local businesses do not exist, we ensure by the time the opportunity is solicited that they do.” Over the course of this fiscal year, Livingston proudly reflects on numerous success stories related to vendor and supplier engagement, two of which include: K & K Adams, Inc., a certified African American Minority Business and a first-time awardee as the prime contractor for the Demolition Services Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA). K & K Adams has done a lot of demolition work for the city of Baltimore. The contract was awarded in April 2017 for the amount of $8 million. Under this Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA), the Prime contractor is to provide demolition services at various Commission facilities and other properties obtained by the Commission located within Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and those within and surrounding the WSSC watershed. M. Luis Construction headquartered in Montgomery County is an asphalt manufacturer and construction services company and is the only woman and minority- owned Asphalt Manufacturer and Construction Services company in the country. This firm began working with WSSC in 2006 and served as a subcontractor on many contracts before becoming a Prime Contractor. M. Luis is one of the awardees on the Street Repairs Services Contract, an estimated $42 million emergency contract. The contract is a part of a Strategic Sourcing Initiative to repair roadways, curbs, gutters, and other damage caused by water main replacement/relocation, and emergency projects. Livingston is determined to foster strong relationships within the local business community. She asserts, “Sustaining our local economy is something in which we pride ourselves. Our extensive outreach supports us in mitigating barriers for contracting opportunities and fostering broad-based competition.” Livingston adds, “With the new enabling legislation, progressive policies, the name change, and embedding our supplier diversity efforts in our contracting practices, we are re-engineering the playing field.” However, the OSDI’s work does not end here. Livingston’s team will continue to follow the path that the Commission has paved by: achieving business process excellence and maintaining financial stability by streamlining its internal businesses; fully implementing its Technical Assistance Program (T.A.P.) to build and sustain capacity in WSSC’s marketplace; implementing a Graduation Program; providing diverse and small businesses a resource to access capital; and enhancing compliance measures. Livingston believes this kind of progress is only possible when all members of an organization are informed of, understand, and believe in the purpose of the supplier diversity efforts and programs. “For us, water is life giving and life sustaining, it is who we are. We maintain reservoirs; however, we want the opportunities to do business with WSSC to flow like a river through the great Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and support and sustain our local and diverse economies.”