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San Ysidro Land Port of Entry outreach event highlights opportunities for small businesses

By Javier Fernandez

Government and small business leaders

One way the Pacific Rim Region is helping the agency achieve its small business goals is by conducting outreach
events to support active construction projects.

The U.S. General Services Administration is committed to expanding opportunities for small businesses, awarding $1.5 billion to small businesses in fiscal year 2014. One way the Pacific Rim Region is helping the agency achieve its small business goals is by conducting outreach events to support active construction projects. Recently, the Region co-hosted a small business outreach event with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to highlight potential opportunities for small businesses on the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) project which is just beginning its next phase, Phase 3.

Phase 3 involves the realignment of a portion of the Interstate 5 South freeway to the new Mexican inspection station, El Chaparral, and expands the number of southbound lanes from five to ten near the border. It also includes new southbound vehicular inspection booths, southbound secondary inspection facilities and a parking garage for U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel. Eight additional northbound lanes and 15 inspection booths (14 double stacked, 1 single) will also be constructed to facilitate traffic crossing the border into the United States.

“The Obama Administration’s commitment to small business growth and the dedicated actions of GSA, our prime contractors, as well as our great partners at the Small Business Administration and various chambers around the region, have resulted in strong partnerships and job creation in the border communities,” said Ruth Cox, GSA’s Pacific Rim Region Regional Administrator. “Contracting with small businesses is a win-win for both the federal government and the small business community. The government receives great service at great value, while small businesses gain opportunities to grow their businesses and create jobs.”

Construction for Phase 3 of the San Ysidro LPOE reconfiguration and expansion project is projected to start at the beginning of 2016. During Phase 1B for example, over 1,500 construction jobs were created and small businesses were awarded 55 percent of all dollars awarded to subcontractors by the GSA's Phase 1B construction contractor, Hensel Phelps, exceeding GSA’s initial goal of 41 percent. While the construction contract has not been awarded yet for the remaining two Phases of the project, GSA will continue to strive to exceed our small business goals. The project’s small business contracts and subcontract award record and subsequent outreach efforts reaffirms our agency’s commitment to helping small businesses remain competitive in the federal market and supports the creation of jobs in the local community.

Although many of the future contract opportunities will be provided through the general contractor, attendees were advised to prepare themselves by getting registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Learn more about GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization >

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