I want to begin by thanking everyone here for joining us for this 8th annual event. Two years ago, shortly after joining CUNY, I kicked off this conference. Today, looking at the progress we’ve made, I am proud of what we’ve all accomplished together since that time.
This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you and your businesses. You are part of the lifeblood of this university and this city. Your hard work and your contributions make us more successful in what we do, so we appreciate all the energy and ideas you bring to us and we hope we make you more successful and prosperous. You are important partners in the growth and success of New York City’s flagship university, and we’re proud to be pushing ahead and growing together.
I want add my thanks to the important speakers and members of the CUNY community with us today, beginning with the new chairman of our Board of Trustees, Bill Thompson, the acting chair of the construction fund, Philip Berry, Alphonso David, the Counsel to the Governor, and Rodneyse Bichotte, the very talented and incredibly energetic Assemblywoman from Brooklyn and the first Haitian-American woman elected to public office in the city as well as chairperson of the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Subcommittee.
We’re delighted to be holding this event in this lovely CUNY space and I want to thank our friends at John Jay for hosting us. And a special thanks to Matt Sapienza and Judy Bergtraum, and their teams, two CUNY leaders who have played such an important role in our unwavering commitment to do more business with minority, women, and service-disabled veteran-owned enterprises.
Ensuring that we expand our relationships with enterprises owned by minorities, women, and service-disabled veterans is a high priority for Governor Cuomo, and we share his commitment to this critical objective. The goals he established will lead to a fairer and more equitable city economy in which those who are capable, competitive, innovative and committed will enjoy opportunities to shine and prosper. Your success certainly helps CUNY reach its goals of operating in an efficient and cost-effective manner so that we can focus on delivering on our very important mission – giving all New Yorkers the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and fulfill their dreams. When you do well all of New York does well.
Our goal is to expand the work we do with you, to increase our networks of suppliers and to find more local businesses that we can work with and support. We benefit from your quality and efficiency. CUNY has always been integral to this city, not just on a macro level, but deep down into dozens and dozens of neighborhoods. Our partnerships with you strengthen those community bonds and provide mutual benefits. Not only does that support the growth of all of our neighborhoods, but your growth, of course, creates what we hope will be lots of new jobs, providing opportunities for talented CUNY graduates who can help you build world-class businesses. That’s a combination of talent – your expertise and the skills and energy of our graduates – that I like.
I want to give a shout out to two colleges in this campaign — Hunter College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. These colleges have led the way in building strong relationships with minority and women-owned businesses and succeeded in being leaders in CUNY’s supplier diversity program. And we’re proud of a similar story in CUCF’s capital program. The University and the Fund are committed to meeting CUNY, CUCF, and the Governor’s MWBE participation goals.
Thank you again for working with us to achieve these important goals. Thank you for competing hard for this partnership and for joining us in expanding our relationship in the future. Thank you for being here today to help celebrate our program and build a foundation for even greater success. Best wishes for a great day. Thanks and good luck.