Please also look at future bid opportunities to get an early look at opportunities that will be posted to VendorConnect in the future.
The best way to meet a buyer or procurement decision maker (the project manager) is by attending Diversity in Contracting PortGen events. PortGen First Look presentations allow you to hear about a specific project directly from the project manager, with the opportunity to ask questions at the end. PortGen Connections events are a dedicated time for WMBE firms to meet and network with Port personnel, and representatives from prime companies to discuss projects and potential partnerships.
The best ways for a smaller construction firm to get their foot in the door at the Port is to:
Anyone working at the airport must have a badge. Each badge costs $133.88. This fee includes the required background checks and training. If your company has never applied for and received an airport badge or it has been more than 30 days since your company has had an active badge, there is a $200 fee to establish an account with the badging office. Please refer to the New Company Set up and Authorized Signers Page for more information.
All authority of the Port of Seattle is vested with the Commission in its actions as a public body under RCW 53. Five Commissioners, elected at large by the voters of King County, serve four-year terms to govern the Port, lead all inter-governmental functions, and oversee the Executive Director. More information here
While the Diversity in Contracting team and Office of Equity Development and Inclusion (OEDI) collaborate as necessary, Diversity in Contracting is a part of the Economic Development Division and is focused on increasing the utilization of WMBE businesses in the Port's contracting process, and OEDI reports directly to the Executive Director and is focused on deepening the Port’s efforts towards equity and catalyzing organization-wide systemic change. OEDI efforts include workforce development which aims to connect and retrain workers to careers within the Port and the port-related industries.
The Port has used a Project Labor Agreement on specific major works projects since 1999. More information here
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