Port of New Orleans hosts roundtables to promote business opportunities

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) recently hosted two roundtables focused on promoting professional service opportunities to local, small engineering and architectural firms.

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More than a dozen companies attended.

Port representatives presented information on best practices and the engineering department’s objectives. Details also were provided on upcoming projects including electrical and mechanical repairs, structural replacement and rehabilitation, and construction engineering and inspection.

If port representatives have accomplished their goals, businesses will clearly understand the port’s needs and the available investment opportunities, port officials said. Port representatives hope to make clear that it is open to project bids from any qualified firm, regardless of size.

“We want to ensure our procurement process is transparent and clear so as many qualified businesses as possible have the opportunity to work with the port,” Brandy Christian, port president and CEO, said. “We want to be inclusive of companies large and small, firms we have worked with in the past and those new to Port NOLA. With the ever-larger pool of prospective professional service providers, the port is best able to select the right teams for port projects.”

Future roundtables are being planned. The port is particularly interested in hearing from businesses owned by disabled veterans, minorities or women.