Southeast Region Summit in Wilmington connects business with federal agencies and bases

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The trade show at the 2016 summit in Wilmington

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) with the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are co-ordinating 2018 Southeast Region Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental Summit at the Wilmington Convention Center on Oct. 24 and 25.

The summit will be the first major convention there since Hurricane Florence in September.

The event brings together more than 650 representatives of five Districts of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); Naval Facilities Engineering Command; Fort Bragg; Marine Corps Installations East/Camp Lejeune; Seymour Johnson AFB; Forts Gordon (GA), Fort Lee (VA); US Coast Guard; Department of Veterans Affairs; General Services Administration; other federal agencies; and general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers from throughout the Southeast US.

“The Summit is the premier, best-established and most-recognized federal infrastructure event in the Southeast,” said NCMBC executive director Scott Dorney. “The Summit networking and trade show activities allow businesses to market their services and products directly to over 650 military, federal and industry participants. Businesses that are already engaged or that want to perform in the federal market need to be at the Summit.”

The USACE districts from Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington, Norfolk and Baltimore, as well as the USACE headquarters in Washington D.C. and Naval Facilities Engineering Command offices from Norfolk and Jacksonville, FL will participate.

Keynote speakers include Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, chief of engineers and commanding general, US Army Corps of Engineers and Robert B. Hughes, executive director, US Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (OEA).

The summit’s “Program and Requirements Dialogues” will address future projects and acquisition strategies (by military and government panelists) and other issues related to acquisition and execution of projects at military bases and government facilities in the Southeast.

Other summit sessions will address critical and timely topics, including workforce solutions, supplier, service contract and opportunities for public-private partnerships, small business programs and utilization, budget impacts, contracting processes and both pre- and post-award legal issues for federal contractors. Summit “meet and greet” sessions allow businesses to meet one-on-one and market themselves to federal agencies and prime contractors that buy construction, public works and engineering services and products in the Southeast.

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