FORT STEWART, Georgia (Feb. 20, 2020) -- Members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and 904th Contracting Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia, conducted a small business acquisition forecast outreach event Feb. 6 with stakeholders, members of the community and local contractors.
The event attracted more than 40 contractors who had an opportunity to talk with contracting officers, small business representatives and members of the MICC.
Felix Marrero, the deputy director of MICC-Fort Stewart, kicked off the small business outreach event with an overview of the scale and the scope of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. He pointed out that Fort Stewart and Hunter encompass parts of seven counties, and in fiscal 2018 added $4.9 billion to the local economy. MICC-Fort Stewart executed contracts valued at $103 million during fiscal 2018.
"We have difficulty attracting new contractors to the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield area, so these sorts of events are important to let industry know that we have plenty of work," Marrero said of the importance of such engagement.
Marrero was followed by Christopher Curry, representing the Fort Stewart Directorate of Public Works. Referencing the size of the garrison, he highlighted the hundreds of miles of roads, number of airstrips, thousands of buildings, and other infrastructure located on the installation in need of repairs someday. Curry also discussed the key focus areas for DPW, to include rail and roof repair.
Lt. Col. Torrionne Rechè, commander of the 904th Contracting Battalion and director of MICC-Fort Stewart, then provided an overview of the contracting support provided by MICC-Fort Stewart and the 904th CBN and detailed how they support the garrison and tenant units. He also introduced all of the contracting officers to the audience so that contractors in attendance could put faces to names, and later to talk with them one on one.
The Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center was represented by Jason Sullins. The center's mission is to help Georgia businesses win government contracts. In support of that mission, the GTPAC offers free classes that cover the entire spectrum of contracting. The GTPAC has 14 focus areas taught in nine locations across Georgia and is open to any qualifying business.
Ambre Wallitsch provided an overview of Small Business Administration programs and directed those in attendance to several helpful resources and websites to help them to earn government business.
Marrero closed the outreach event with a question-and-answer period, and then the audience was given the opportunity to mingle with contracting officers and various presenters.