DIS calls outreach to minority contractors successful

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH

BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES

More than 200 minority, women and local contractors turned out for the Daytona Rising subcontractor outreach forum held July 17 at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

Cheryl Bowlson, diversity coordinator for Barton Malow, speaks to attendees at the Daytona Rising subcontractor outreach forum at the Daytona International Speedway.(PHOTO COURTESY OF DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY)

Cheryl Bowlson, diversity coordinator for Barton Malow, speaks to attendees at the Daytona Rising subcontractor outreach forum at the Daytona International Speedway.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY)

Senior Director of Public Relations Lenny Santiago called the event successful and told the Daytona Times that DIS will be planning another one in the fall.

The forum provided a broad overview of DIS’s $400 million renovation project and its timeline over the next 30 months.

Barton Malow is the contractor for the construction project.

Bidding process discussed
Santiago said subcontractors also were given an overview of diversity outreach and information on how firms can pre-qualify for the bidding process on various aspects of the project.

In addition, subcontractors were given a list of various upcoming bid packages – everything from masonry, finishing, roofing, wall panels, drywall, landscaping and other jobs.

Santiago said a Q&A session was held at the end and time was allotted for everyone to network and speak one-on-one with project officials.

All attendees were encouraged to email DIS.Outreach@bartonmalow.com to get on the bidders’ list.

More possible work
Santiago said there also would be more work for non-contractors, who will be able to bid on jobs like food service and landscaping.

The outreach event came about after the Florida Courier and the Daytona Times published stories in April and May about minority contractors who try to participate in major construction projects like the one DIS is undertaking.

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