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Port of San Diego Named “Public Agency of the Year” by the National Black Contractors Association

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 Shirley Public Agency AwardThe Port of San Diego has been honored with a distinguished “Public Agency of the Year” award by the National Black Contractors Association. The award was presented at the Association’s construction industry summit, “Beyond the Dream,” held on February 21, 2018 at the National Black Contractors Association’s national office in San Diego.

The award is given to public entities that demonstrate a strong involvement with community-based organizations, and that provide educational programs and information regarding upcoming contracting opportunities. The Port was selected because of its commitment in assisting with the growth and development of emerging contractors and for its alliance with the Black Contractors Association of San Diego.

“At the Port of San Diego, we value diversity and inclusion,” said Rafael Castellanos, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “Through our Equal Opportunity Program, we champion our efforts to attract diverse businesses and applicants, to foster and retain an engaged and committed workforce and to provide access for all. We are grateful to the National Black Contractors Association for recognizing these efforts and for naming the Port Public Agency of the Year.”

The “Beyond the Dream” summit was attended by national and state construction industry leaders. The Rev. Al Sharpton, National President of the National Action Network, gave the keynote speech at the summit luncheon. Summit topics included developing a national model for inclusion, and sustaining and growing African American, women and small business contractors. It was co-hosted by the National Action Network, Young Black Contractors Association of Los Angeles and Latino Builders Association.

The mission of the National Black Contractors Association is to serve as a national voice for Black Contractor Association chapters across America and to address the needs of African Americans, women and other under-represented contractors.

About the Port of San Diego’s Equal Opportunity Program:

The Port’s Equal Opportunity Program is built on the foundation of Board policies, Executive Leadership commitment and the framework of conducting outreach and networking so our communities know about the Port and where their best opportunities exist; providing training and mentoring to maximize success; and tracking and reporting to identify new opportunities and to get feedback for enhancements in the areas of accessibility, contracting and employment.

About the Port of San Diego:

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


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