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A brief history of GPC.
When the Economic Development and Monitoring Section of
the Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance office
was established, one of the first items on the agenda
was to survey MWBE owners to determine their most
critical areas of need. The top two responses were 1)
Access to contracting opportunity information and 2)
Networking and Contacts.
What better way to meet these two objectives than to
provide a forum where MWBEs can interface with
contracting and procurement representatives from each
City department in order to learn about their respective
contracting opportunities? Thus, City Connections was
The first event, held May 1996, was on a small scale, in
the center ballroom of the George R. Brown Convention
Center. At the following year�s event, state agencies,
banks and resource agencies, free workshops and
seminars, and the Awards Luncheon were added.
In 1998, the name changed to Government Procurement
Connections, as our scope expanded to include
representatives from the City, County, State, and
Federal governments, making GPC the first
intergovernmental contracting fair in the nation.
Government Procurement Connections further evolved to
include the Port of Houston, Metropolitan Transit
Authority, Houston Independent School District, and a
host of government contractors and other exhibitors
interested in providing direct access to small and MWBE
business owners. Face to face networking sessions
provide excellent opportunities for quality interaction.
The future is bright for GPC. Commitment, dedication,
and the hard work of a number of government and resource
agency employees and business owners spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S
for Small, Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business
owners in Houston.
Government Procurement Connections has evolved into a
collaborative effort between local, state and federal
government entities. This unique event marks an exciting
new day in inter-governmental cooperation and
information accessibility regarding government
A host of elected officials have thrown their support
behind GPC, recognizing that small and minority and
women business owners play a valuable role in our
economy, and must be provided with the information and
resources that will help them become more competitive.
Participants at GPC will have the opportunity to meet
with more than 200 City, County, State and Federal
representatives involved in purchasing, construction,
and professional services contracting. This year�s event
will also include METRO. Representatives from banks and
other organizations committed to assisting Small and
Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
(S/MWDBE) firms will also be represented during the
Contracting Fair. In addition, some governmental
agencies and private sector firms will award contracts
�on the spot.�
Dynamic speakers will present informational seminars
geared toward educating participants about the
responsibilities of owning and operating a business, and
other timely topics. Another highlight of the day is the
Awards Luncheon, which recognizes outstanding
contributions to S/MWDBE development. Tickets to the
luncheon are available for $60 per person.
IACCGH Founding President Dr Durga Agrawal to be
honored March 30th at GPC
Government Procurement Connections, one of the nation's
largest annual intergovernmental contracting fairs, will
take place in Houston March 29th-30th, 2005.
The main event is a March 30 all-day business fair at
the George R. Brown Convention Center. More than 3,000
small business owners and 500 purchasing representatives
are expected to attend the event. Business owners will
also have an opportunity to make contact with the
GPC 2005 is free and open to the public.
The GPC is a 13-year alliance with the city of Houston,
Harris County, Metropolitan Transit Authority,
Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and
Disadvantaged Business Utilization, state of Texas,
Houston Federal Executive Board and the Port of Houston
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This year, our Founding President Dr. Durga Agrawal is
being honored by GPC with a 'TrailBlazer Award'. This
award will be presented to him at the Awards Luncheon on
March 30th. IACCGH has reserved one table for members
who may be interested in attending the lunch. The cost
is $60 per head.
Please contact the Chamber either at 713-624-7131 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservations.
IACCGH has a booth at GPC and offers our members the
opportunity to network by volunteering at the booth. If
you wish to display your literature at the IACCGH booth,
please contact the chamber immediately.