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September 13, 2010
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Presidio Parkway Small Business Program Recognized as National Model by Federal Highway Administration

Bayview small business woman selected to speak at September symposium

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority have developed a national model of success with their small and disadvantaged business participation program for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project, the Presidio Parkway. The project's unprecedented efforts have resulted in a program that will now serve as a blueprint to others in the region, state and nation; and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is taking notice.

Increasing small, minority and women-owned business participation on transportation projects across the nation is a major priority for the FHWA. After hearing the story of small business owner Julie Berry (who was awarded $2.95 million in contracts for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project) at the Tunnel Groundbreaking in July, Victor Mendez, administrator, FHWA, invited her to speak at a national FHWA training symposium on September 14. The topic of the symposium is how government agencies across the U.S. can partner with communities to increase small business participation on major transportation projects - a key element in helping stimulate the country's economic development.

"The Doyle Drive small business outreach program is a win-win for small businesses, the local economy and taxpayers," said Berry, CEO, CalCon Pumping, providers of concrete pumping services in Northern California. "The program certifies businesses and connects them with the prime contractors. Local workers are hired and money from these contracts stays in the community."

Berry also served on the Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Advisory Committee Board for the City of San Francisco, whose mission is to advocate for the needs of the underutilized and disadvantaged businesses of San Francisco.

"Of all the dollars paid to date on this project, 17.56 percent has gone directly to San Francisco-based and locally certified small businesses," said José Luis Moscovich, executive director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority. "If you break out the larger Doyle Drive project by contract, the project's outstanding results that qualify it as a national model become apparent: an 83 percent small business participation rate for contract #1 and a 62 percent rate for contract #2. Also, contracts #3 and #4 are both exceeding federally mandated participation goals so far."

"Caltrans is committed to utilizing small business in every possible way on our projects. The success we've achieved on the Doyle Drive project is exactly what we strive for," said Bijan Sartipi, Caltrans District 4 Director. "The process of matching certified small and disadvantaged business owners with viable opportunities that are available with prime contractors will continue to help us support small business participation in Bay Area projects."

Presidio Parkway Small Business Program Recognized by FHWA
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Julie Berry Speaking at Presidio Parkway Tunnel Groundbreaking, July 2010
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Small Business Program Recognition

Julie Berry and Victor Mendez at Presidio Parkway Tunnel Groundbreaking with CalCon equipment
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Julie Berry Speaking at Presidio Parkway Tunnel Groundbreaking, July 2010
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Victor Mendez, FHWA Administrator, speaking at Presidio Parkway Tunnel Groundbreaking
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