The City University of New York and the City University Construction Fund, CUNY’s public benefit construction corporation, hosted a conference to afford businesses owned by minorities and women (MWBE) and service-disabled veterans (SDVOB) access to key contract decision makers and procurement professionals representing all 25 CUNY campuses and selected contractors.
“This year’s theme: Opening doors to new opportunities and relationships, underscores CUNY’s long tradition and commitment to embracing and supporting diversity in all aspects of what we do,” said CUNY Board of Trustees Chairperson William C. Thompson. “Diversity makes us better, stronger and more resilient. When MWBE’s and SDVOB’s do well all of New York does well. And the people that we care so much about, our students, have the opportunity to benefit.”
“CUNY is the proven economic engine of New York, and MWBEs and SDVOBs represent the future vitality of this city,” Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz told attendees. “We want you to inspire our students and help us connect them with the world of work and with exciting careers.”
The conference, held at John Jay College, was designed to assist MWBEs and SDVOBs in connecting with procurement and construction opportunities and in conducting business with the University. More than 1,000 registered to attend the conference. The program kicked off with remarks from Chairperson Thompson, Interim Chancellor Rabinowitz, John Jay College President Karol V. Mason and Alphonso B. David, Counsel to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
The program included five panel sessions, boot-camp intensives and exclusive Open Doors business meet-ups for New York State-certified MWBEs and SDVOBs, which enabled participants to make one-on-one connections with prime contractors and procurement professionals. The event also included a help desk to provide real-time answers from experts and a Marketplace Exhibit Hall with more than 70 public, private and nonprofit organizations providing direct networking and new business opportunities for attendees.
About the City University Construction Fund
The City University Construction Fund (CUCF) is the core of CUNY’s capital construction program and is responsible for more than 300 buildings across 25 colleges and professional schools. The CUCF is a public benefit corporation established by New York State to provide facilities for CUNY and to support its educational purposes. The CUCF advances design, construction and development projects for new facilities and for the ongoing renovation of existing facilities.
About the City University of New York
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.