HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--More than 300 contractor representatives received an ICE-y reception here and came away with more knowledge about Redstone Arsenal contracting opportunities.They attended the May 2 Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal industry communication event designed to "communicate with industry and keep contractors apprised and updated" on the Aviation and Missile Command's Expedited Professional and Engineering Support Services--better known as AMCOM EXPRESS--Program, explained Debra Scruggs, Enterprise Services Solutions director at ACC-Redstone."We believe that it (industry communication event) establishes lines of communication and provides avenues for dialogue and questions," explained Scruggs, whose office organized the event.She said attendees received updates on the status of ongoing competitions and a synopsis of upcoming requirements so they can plan to compete for future contracting opportunities."We hope the contractors leave with a feeling of confidence that the government is keeping them informed to the best of its ability and providing useful information," Scruggs said. EXPRESS has 30 prime contractors and approximately 1,500 subcontractors, she added. The audience was primarily contractor representatives from the Huntsville area but several came from outside Alabama.AMCOM EXPRESS is a multiple award program that provides for the establishment of blanket purchase agreements based on General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedules. It has four domains covering advisory and assistance services in the business and analytical, programmatic, logistics, and technical areas.Since the program began in 2005, ACC-Redstone has awarded 485 task orders valued at $12.3 billion through Sept. 30, 2015, the end of fiscal year 2015. Scruggs estimates the total dollars obligated in fiscal year 2015 at $1.7 billion through 9,040 contract actions. The EXPRESS Program has awarded 69 percent of its task orders, and 42 percent of the dollars--$5.2 billion--to small businesses.