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Town hall meeting with small, minority and women-owned and disadvantaged businesses and major companies that can partner with these businesses

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairwoman of the Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee for the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, will host a symposium with senior officials from U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American Red Cross (ARC). As the Haiti disaster recovery moves into the reconstruction phase, it is imperative that representatives from the federal government and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) discuss how the procurement process works, also how to work with Haitian companies, as well as how small, minority and women-owned and disadvantaged businesses can gain access to contracts related to the rebuilding efforts in Haiti. This should be an action-driven meeting to help companies effectively travel to Haiti and effectively aid the Haitian people.

USAID
Phil Gary, Chief of Staff, Haiti Task Team
Kimberly Ball, Deputy Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Gary Juste, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Acquisition and Assistance

American Red Cross
Carrie Santos, Senior Director, International Policy and External Affairs
Jill Bossi, Chief Procurement Officer

WHEN:
Monday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE:
Good Hope Church
3015 N. MacGregor Way
Houston, TX 77004

WHY:
Provide access and information to small, minority and women-owned and disadvantaged businesses about how the federal procurement and contract award process works for USAID and a NGO; ARC as it relates to the recovery efforts in Haiti. In addition, this will allow attendees direct access to USAID and ARC officials.

CONTACT:
Nat Thomas, Chief of Staff
Office: 202-225-3816
E-Mail: nat.thomas@mail.house.gov

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