Government Procurement Connections 2005 “Igniting - City, State and Global Opportunities: Creating Capacity… A Solution to Success”

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Join Mayor Bill White, Federal, State and Local Leaders, along with The Government Procurement Connections 2005 planning committee and sponsors at a Press Conference from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Wortham Theater Grand Foyer. This event will serve as the official kickoff to one of the nationÂ?s largest annual intergovernmental contracting fairs.

METRO will embark on a $7.5-billon expansion and the Port of Houston is looking to award more than $30 million in Bayport terminal contracts. These are just two of the substantial opportunities available for business owners to plug into at the GPC 2005.

Government Procurement Connections (GPC) 2005 represents a full day of intergovernmental cooperation and one-stop shopping for information regarding contracting opportunities. GPC is a thirteen-year strategic alliance with the City of Houston, Harris County, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Department of Veteran Affairs – Office Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization, State of Texas, Houston Federal Executive Board, and Port of Houston Authority. This exciting one-day event on Wednesday, March 30th, is expected to draw more than 3,000 small business owners and more than 500 purchasing representatives from various entities to the George R. Brown Convention Center. There will be a Golf tournament, Sponsor reception, awards luncheon and technology forum between Monday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 30th.

Dynamic speakers will present informative workshops and seminars on a variety of topics. These seminars show participants how to gain a competitive edge, master the maze of governmental contracting, identify funding sources, as well as, learn about new government programs. Frank Wilson, CEO of METRO will be our awards Luncheon speaker. Kase Lawal, CEO of Camac Holdings will speak at our sponsors reception.

All local, county and state dignitaries have been invited to take part in the official kickoff as well as a host of GPC 2005 sponsors. The fair is free and open to everyone, and promises to be one of the most beneficial events a small business owner can attend.

For additional information, contact Darian Ward (713) 628-0142, Phillip Yelder 713/837-9027 or visit our web site at

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