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Press Release - Recovery Act Business Fair on Tuesday

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009

CONTACT:
Myung Oak Kim, 303.947.5708, myung.kim@state.co.us

GOV. RITTER ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO ATTEND RECOVERY ACT FAIR


Gov. Bill Ritter is encouraging small-, women- and minority-owned businesses to attend an event next week where they can meet with state procurement officials for help bidding for contracts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The "Procurement Connections" fair is being coordinated by the state's Minority Business Office and the Governor's Economic Recovery Team.

Gov. Ritter will attend the event and make a number of announcements regarding efforts to compete for and track Recovery Act grants.

"This fair will be a great opportunity for Colorado businesses interested in Recovery Act contracts to connect with state officials," Gov. Ritter said. "I'm committed to helping Colorado businesses, communities and residents get the maximum benefit from the Recovery Act."

The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 14 at the Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway in Denver. The event is free but registration is required. So far, about 240 businesses have signed up, and representatives from more than 30 agencies are scheduled to attend. Businesses wishing to attend should contact LeRoy Romero at l.romero@state.co.us or 303.892.3764.

The Recovery Act, signed in February in Denver by President Obama, is designed to energize the economy and create jobs by investing billions of dollars in: transportation, water and other infrastructure projects; safety-net services for laid-off workers; tax breaks for working families; and new technologies in fields such as clean energy, broadband and healthcare.

Colorado expects to receive $7 billion in direct aid, competitive grants and tax relief.