UT-RGV medical school looking for local subcontractors
BY KRISTEN MOSBRUCKER
McALLEN — Business owners and contractors buzzed from booth to booth Friday at the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce business expo, hoping for a big break.
State agencies, including the Texas department of Transportation and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, joined private firms looking for new talent in the Rio Grande Valley.
Hopeton Hay, director of the historically underutilized business program at the University of Texas System, served as a moderator for a panel discussion about contract opportunities at the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley medical school.
Many bid packages — for interior build-outs, exterior work, landscaping, plumbing, drywall and other services — for the UT-RGV medical school are set to be released Monday, said Jarod Stojanik, project manager for Vaughn construction, the general contractor selected to oversee the medical school project.
More than 300 vendors are on the list in Hidalgo County and 271 are historically underutilized businesses — minority-owned for-profit entities identified by the state to receive help landing government contracts, according to the state comptroller’s website.
But companies that need subcontractors for state contracts say the process to find them is difficult when canvassing the general public, leading them to mentor startups.
State contracts are open to non-HUB businesses, as well.
A pre-proposal conference is set for Aug. 13 at the UT-Pan American Procurement Technical Assistance Center office. Bids are due Sept. 4.
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