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The Prince George’s County Office of Central Services (OCS) held its inaugural Construction Industry Day, where they announced $100 million in new construction opportunities around the county that county-based small and minority construction business owners can bid on June 27.

To expand small and minority businesses and promote diversity in procurement practices, OCS announced 14 upcoming construction projects throughout the county as well as step-by-step assistance that business owners can take advantage of in navigating the process on bidding on contracts.

According to OCS Director Jonathan Butler, a new day has arrived in Prince George’s County when it comes to embracing small and minority businesses.

“We will be intentional, and we will be deliberate, we will be muscular in terms of utilization of county-based small and disadvantaged businesses,” Butler said. “Now is the time to really grow and build capacity at the fine level, thereby truly and significantly impacting local economic development now and for the future.”

Butler described a variety of upcoming construction projects throughout the county such as the Shady Glenn Fire Station and Cadet Training Building in Capitol Heights, a 28,000 square foot facility that will cost about $12 million.

Also in public safety, Butler announced a plan to demolish and rebuild the Hyattsville Fire Station and the construction of a new Public Safety Building at the National Harbor. Additionally, a $25 million Forensic and DNA Lab for the police department is in the works and will be a conversion of the existing building in Lanham.

Click here to read the rest of the story written by Jessica Ricks over at the PG Sentinel