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Press Release - Gov. Ritter Announces Business Opportunities

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009

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


GOV. RITTER TO ANNOUNCE RECOVERY ACT OPPORTUNITIES AT BUSINESS FAIR


Gov. Bill Ritter will outline new state efforts Tuesday to help job-seekers and small and minority-owned businesses benefit from the Recovery Act during a business fair in Denver. The "Procurement Connections" event will allow small businesses to meet directly with state procurement officials to receive help on bidding for contracts through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

Gov. Ritter will announce a three-part executive order related to the implementation of the Recovery Act. The order directs that job opportunities created by the Recovery Act be posted on a central website (www.connectingcolorado.com) operated by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The order also encourages aggressive outreach to connect small and minority-owned businesses with Recovery Act contracts. Finally, the order establishes the framework for a process to handle complaints from the public about the use of Recovery Act funds.

 

“During this difficult economic time, it is important to provide the people of Colorado with helpful and accessible information about jobs and contract opportunities created through the Recovery Act,” Gov. Ritter said. “This is a major step toward making it easier for citizens and businesses to benefit from this landmark act as we continue to lead Colorado forward and position the state for a strong recovery.”

 

The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway. The event is free. About 300 businesses have already signed up, and representatives from more than 30 agencies are scheduled to attend. Businesses can attend the fair without registering. Gov. Ritter will outline these new efforts at the fair at 9:30 a.m.

 

The “Procurement Connections” fair is being coordinated by the state’s Minority Business Office and the Governor's Economic Recovery Team.


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.