National Association of Minority Contractors – Oregon (NAMC Oregon) announced its selection of the 2012 Champions who have supported the Organization and its mission of Building the Capacity of MBE firms through project opportunities.
Champion and Agency of the Year for 2012 is TriMet, recognized overwhelmingly by NAMC Oregon members, for their support of minority businesses.
Also recognized at the ceremony as Champion was Stacy and Witbeck Inc., the Prime Contractor working with TriMet on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.
Faye Burch, NAMC Board Member said she was delighted to see this joint recognition. “TriMet has a strong and committed DBE program, which has steadily grown with each rail project over the past decade,” Burch said. “And Stacy and Witbeck, well they are just the best. DBE firms have the opportunity to put all systems in place to build the capacity of their businesses, and Stacy Witbeck is there to support them 100%.”
When it opens in 2015, the 7.3-mile light rail project will provide increased transit options and connections for the region where benefits of the project are already being felt in the community.
The project has two more years of construction to go and 102 DBE firms have already received contracts to work on the project. Additionally, nearly a third of all contracts have been awarded to firms owned by DBE’s, making this the highest DBE participation level for a regional rail project.
NAMC Exec. Vice President Maurice Rahming said, “We thank the honorees tremendously and all of our partners for their support this past year and we look forward to working with them in 2013.”
NAMC Oregon is a nonprofit trade association that advocates for building the capacity of local minority construction and contracting businesses. Established in 2007, it is the local affiliate of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), a nonprofit trade association headquartered in Washington DC, established in 1969 to address the needs and concerns of minority contractors. While membership is open to people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, the organization’s mandate, “Building Bridges – Crossing Barriers” focuses on construction industry concerns common to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.
NAMC Oregon’s ongoing mission is to eliminate barriers to full and profitable participation on Oregon and Regional construction and design projects, both public and private, by certified minority-owned businesses who are committed to mutually engage in capacity building and utilizing members and other MBE firms, inclusion of a diverse workforce, and actions that support the improved economic status of our communities.