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JBLM Event Draws Out-of-State Attendees

Multi-million dollar procurement opportunities are available

Lakewood, WA: South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) filled the 10,709 square foot McGavick Conference Center ballroom on June 12th with nearly 300 regional businesses eager to learn more about contracting at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event drew attendance from mostly South Sound businesses to learn about “Doing Business with JBLM,” but event organizers were surprised to see a significant showing from Oregon and California companies as well.

By show of hands, the crowd appeared to be heavily weighted by construction industry contractors. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) contracting team covered the entire procurement process, from pre & post award to the technical evaluation process. Details on the construction contracting process was covered in depth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

USACE is responsible for the procurement of construction projects at JBLM. FY12 anticipated contracts for JBLM construction alone is targeted at over $500 Million. Total construction spending over the last five years at JBLM was $1.8 Billion.

Washington State Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Director, Tiffany Scroggs noted, “PTAC assisted businesses in procuring $138 Million in contracts for FY11 and our goal is to double that in FY12. SSMCP’s forum was an important step toward achieving that goal.” PTAC holds a contract with the Department of Defense to teach businesses how to do business with the government.

“The economic impact of JBLM includes $3.2 Billion in annual payroll, and it supports 136,124 personnel, dependents, and contractors along with 117,971 retirees,” said Dan Penrose, Project Manager for SSMCP. Dan also noted that “Washington State ranks 23rd in the nation for our businesses securing government contracts. There’s a lot of opportunity for us to change that.”

To view all of the event presentations, look for “Doing Business with JBLM” at: http://www.jblm-growth.com/documents .