Military construction projects in Maryland have amounted to over $1.5 billion in spending over the past three fiscal years—but not all of those projects were awarded to in-state companies. In fact, in fiscal year 2013, only 34 percent of the contracts went to Maryland-based companies, officials said on Tuesday, during the state’s kick-off of a new initiative to train contractors in competing for lucrative federal contracts.
Secretary Dominick Murray of the Department of Business and Economic Development and Secretary Leonard Howie of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, speaking outside Baltimore City’s historic P. Flanigan & Sons, vowed to help swing the contracting awards process back in Maryland’s favor. “We want to see a super-majority. We want to see more than 75 percent, at least, of these contracts going to Maryland-based firms,” Howie said.
The initiative centers around a series of upcoming workshops and events, free and open to all Maryland contractors.
The workshops will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Camden Yards Warehouse in Baltimore, and on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp. Registration is available online here . Additionally, a session on Army Corps of Engineers procurement plans will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center. The second event, “Contract Connections for Military Construction Contracting,” will include 200 companies and feature specific contracting and sub-contracting opportunities and one-on-one meetings with procurement officers. It will be held on Monday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at the BWI Hilton in Linthicum Heights.
James Russ, president of the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association said he’s encouraging contractors across the state to get involved. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the businesses, a great opportunity for the working people who work for these businesses, and a great opportunity for Maryland because the dollars internally will be spent in Maryland, as opposed to folks coming from out of the area, that are enjoying these contracts today,” Russ said.