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MWBE contracts up

Between 2007 and 2009, 310 businesses owned by minorities and women became state contractors for the first time.

The state’s Office of General Services Commissioner John C. Egan on Wednesday announced the increase in contracts awarded between the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006-2007 and the third quarter of fiscal 2009-2010. New York State’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31.

“In fiscal 2007-2008, 9 percent of contract payments were awarded to MWBE firms; in fiscal 2008-2009 that number rose to 9.7 percent and is currently at 13.2 percent for fiscal 2009-2010,” Egan said in a press release. “Despite budget reductions that resulted in a 42 percent drop in contract payments since fiscal 2007-2008, we have steadily increased the amount of contract payments to MWBE firms.”

During the first three quarters of fiscal 2009-2010, 12 percent of OGS contract expenditures for architectural and engineering work went to MWBE firms; 14 percent of construction contract expenditures were made to MWBE firms and 9 percent of the dollar amount of OGS purchases of commodity and services were made to MWBE firms.

“Increasing opportunities for MWBEs will play an important role in rebuilding New York State’s economy in the long term,” Gov. David A. Paterson said in the release.