BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The city of Bridgeport is celebrating the grand opening of Construction Management Systems of America, a minority-owned company registered with Bridgeport’s Small and Minority Business Resource Office.
The company is moving from Waterbury to 1000 Lafayette Blvd. It was started in 2009 in Waterbury and is relocating to Bridgeport with the intention of helping the city grow and to give back to the Park City, according to a press release.
President Vernon Austin Jr. was born in Bridgeport, and his father, Vernon Austin, was born and raised here.
“My family’s roots are here in Bridgeport, and we are proud to be a part of growing and developing the city,” Austin said in a press release. “We understand Mayor (Bill) Finch wants to revitalize Bridgeport, help the inner-city community and create new jobs. We want to be partners with him in doing that and to give back to Bridgeport.”
“With another business opening downtown, we can see Bridgeport is getting better every day,” Finch said in a press release “We are creating jobs, growing our economy and improving our downtown to revitalize the Park City. I would like to thank Vernon Austin Jr. for believing in Bridgeport and the city of Bridgeport’s Small and Minority Business Resource Office for supporting CMSA.”
Created in 2008 as one of Finch's first initiatives after being elected, the Small and Minority Business Resource Office provides training and connections for entrepreneurs to create businesses and compete for city contracts, such as school construction projects, according to a press release. Since that time, the city has hired its first African-American construction manager for a school project and seen four minority-owned businesses create joint ventures with established firms, according to a press release.
Recently, through the agency's efforts, more than $50 million has been awarded to small, minority- and women-owned businesses on the four most recent school construction projects. On these four construction projects -- Black Rock Elementary School, Fairchild Wheeler Magnet High School, Roosevelt Elementary School and Longfellow Elementary School -- 100 out of 101 subcontracting opportunities were awarded to minority- or women-owned businesses.
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