PHOENIX — The
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Arizona-Nevada Area Office
hosted a Business Opportunities Open House March 17.
featured morning and afternoon sessions with two training opportunities;
successful proposal preparation, and job site safety.
contractors that are capable, safe and do great work," said Col. Kirk Gibbs,
commander of the LA District. "If they can submit better bids, we're going to
get a lot better work and our projects will have better
intent was to acquaint business owners and representatives with how the Corps
operates. It was also an excellent opportunity for District program managers and
division chiefs to learn about contractor capabilities.
"I always fall
back on relationship building," said Gibbs. "Don't use the word client, use the
word partner. Because we can't do it without you, you can't do it without
Brig. Gen. Mark
Toy, commander of the USACE South Pacific Division, spoke about a change in the
management of Veterans Administration projects and what it means to the
"What we're going to do here in our
region," said Toy. "We're going to run that
Program Management Office, right here in Phoenix, Arizona."
The District’s Small Business mission
is "to sustain the Corps as a premier organization in developing small
businesses and maximizing opportunities to participate in federal
procurement.” It is a mission that the District
excels at, having placed second out of all USACE districts in the
Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Small Business categories for fiscal year
$358 million in total contracts awarded," said Gibbs. "Of that, $213 million
with small businesses, we're very proud of that and we hope to have a bigger
year coming up."