Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism Receives Grant from the Department of Defense
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Little Valley, February 28, 2007: Representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) made a special appearance at the Cattaraugus County Legislative Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 to make a Cooperative Agreement Award to the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism. Ralph L. Vinciguerra, Assistant Director for Small Business from the Defense Contract Management Agency - Syracuse, presented a Cooperative Agreement Award for $89,070 to Crystal J. Abers, Chairman of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, Jerry E. Burrell and James L. Boser, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Development and Agriculture Committee. Also in attendance from the DCMA Buffalo office for the Department of Defense were Michael O'Connor, Administrative Grants Officer and Jane Setlock, Property Administrator. The federal funding will enable the Cattaraugus County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to continue assisting businesses in the region with government contracting matters.
Mr. Vinciguerra stated, "The Cattaraugus County PTAC continues to do an outstanding job, thanks to administration of Thomas Livak, Joe Williams and the support of the Cattaraugus County Legislature. You all are to be commended. After 18 years in the program you continue to succeed at a very high level of excellence."
The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism had submitted a proposal in early 2006 for this federal funding which is awarded on a competitive basis to only a select number of centers around the United States. The County has operated a Procurement Technical Assistance Center for the past eighteen years and is currently only one of two programs of its kind in New York State outside of the of New York City area. The Cattaraugus County PTAC employs two full-time staff members (Joe Williams, Program Manager and Jeremy Knab, Web Technician) that provide no-cost assistance to businesses interested in selling goods and services to military, other federal, state and local government markets.
While the program serves businesses in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming Counties, the PTAC also receives numerous requests from other areas of the state. Because of federal funding, no one can be turned away. The Cattaraugus County PTAC is designed to help businesses, especially small, small disadvantaged, small woman-owned, veteran and service-disabled veteran firms to compete for their share of government contracts. Assistance is provided to businesses in a number of ways including: educational seminars, one-on-one counseling, bid matching (daily report sent to businesses via mail or e-mail of select government bid opportunities), informational mailings and access to the PTAC resource library which includes a vast number of contracting references, bid publications, numerous contracting forms and computer based procurement information. The PTAC web site has numerous links, pages and articles to assist businesses. In the last year, the web site has continued to undergo numerous changes and improvements. Businesses can locate government credit card holders, agency contracting forecasts, drawings, contracts awarded and much more.
Mr. Williams noted, "Mr. Vinciguerra and Mr. O'Connor are instrumental to the success of the PTAC program. Their leadership and assistance throughout the years is greatly appreciated. The results for 2006 are complete. The program has helped businesses in the region obtain 336 awards totaling over 21 million dollars, with Cattaraugus County businesses receiving 118 awards totaling over 10 million dollars. There are currently 298 businesses that participate in the program."
Businesses interested in using the services of the PTAC should contact Joe Williams, Program Manager, for more information about this no-cost (FREE) marketing and technical assistance program. The PTAC office is located at the Little Valley County Center, 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY 14755. Telephone: (716) 938-9111 ext. 2331. E-mail: jjwilliams [at] cattco [dot] org or visit the Cattaraugus County web site at http://www.CattCo.org/economic_development/gma for more information.