Regional Alliance Programs 

The Regional Alliance offers several programs to support small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged contractors. These programs are designed to help build capacity and competence in management, technical ability, financial capacity and technology. 

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors

About RASC

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors (RASC) was the 1989 brainchild of visionary public agencies, the Port Authority of NY & NJ principal amongst them, and major private construction corporations that resolved to improve the competitiveness of small, minority, and women contractors in the region. RASC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1991. The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors has been led since then by a virtual “Who’s Who” of construction industry leaders, including Peter M. Lehrer, Lehrer, McGovern Bovis (Lend Lease (U.S.) LMB, Inc.; John L. Tishman, Tishman Construction Corp. (an AECOM Company); the late Frank Ross Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRH Construction Corp.; Kurt A. Goddard, Executive Vice President, Bechtel Infrastructure Group.; Milo Riverso, P.E. Ph.D, President STV Construction, Inc.; and presently Jay Badame, President & Chief Operating Officer, Tishman Construction Corp. NY, NJ & PA.

About RASC

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors (RASC) was the 1989 brainchild of visionary public agencies, the Port Authority of NY & NJ principal amongst them, and major private construction corporations that resolved to improve the competitiveness of small, minority, and women contractors in the region. RASC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1991. The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors has been led since then by a virtual “Who’s Who” of construction industry leaders, including Peter M. Lehrer, Lehrer, McGovern Bovis (Lend Lease (U.S.) LMB, Inc.; John L. Tishman, Tishman Construction Corp. (an AECOM Company); the late Frank Ross Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRH Construction Corp.; Kurt A. Goddard, Executive Vice President, Bechtel Infrastructure Group.; Milo Riverso, P.E. Ph.D, President STV Construction, Inc.; and presently Jay Badame, President & Chief Operating Officer, Tishman Construction Corp. NY, NJ & PA.

CAPACITY BUILDING MANAGING GROWTH® TRAINING PROGRAM

Managing Growth® Training Program
Contact: Paola Camargo, (212) 268-4933
Email: pcamargo@regional-alliance.org

Managing Growth® is a classroom program that provides courses enabling both novice and experienced S/M/W/DBE owners and employees to learn the ins and outs of how to successfully operate their businesses. Courses are structured to focus on practical approaches to problems frequently encountered in construction and associated industries. The three core areas are business, management, computer business applications, and OSHA Safety Training Certificate courses. Most courses are underwritten by our public and private clients.

Construction Management Certificate Program
This innovative program, sponsored by The Port Authority of NY and NJ, leads to a Certificate of Construction Management and qualification for continuing education hours (New York State Approval #C01420).  This program presents and discusses management of construction projects in the field. The coursework is designed for contractors, engineers, designers, and others in the construction industry. The course covers the fundamentals of construction management including materials and methods, blueprint reading, construction costs and estimating, project scheduling & contract administration.

Construction Courses

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical, Electrical Plumbing Systems for Buildings
  • Blueprint Reading & Construction Drawings
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Fundamentals of LEEDs
  • Managing Small Scale Construction Projects
  • Construction Contract Law
  • Materials & Methods
  • Contract Administration
    Project Scheduling

Business Course Offerings

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Strategies and Obtaining Financing
  • Project Management
  • Developing Marketing Plans and Techniques for Today’s Changing Economy
  • Understanding Your Company's Financial Statements

Computer Courses

  • Primavera
  • MS Word, Level I and II
  • MS Excel, Level I and II
  • MS Power Point,
  • QuickBooks, Level I and II
  • MS Project Level I and II
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Safety Training Courses

  • 30-Hour OSHA Training
  • 10-Hour OSHA Training
  • 4-Hour Supported Scaffolding
  • 8-Hour Fall Prevention
  • 40-Hour Site Safety Training (SST)

CONTRACT COMPLIANCE

Contract Compliance Program
Contact: Zenaida Rodriguez, (212) 268-2991
Email: info@regional-alliance.org

Since 1998, the Regional Alliance has been providing Affirmative Action/EEO contract compliance services on several billion-dollar projects. Collectively, our staff has over 100 years of experience in developing comprehensive contract compliance programs.
Major projects, particularly those that are funded by a public agency, require that certain goals be met in terms of hiring MBE, WBE or DBE firms to do a percentage of the work. In addition, these projects have goals for contractors to hire ethnic and racial minority and female workers as part of their construction workforce. The statistics must be recorded and monitored by a contract compliance specialist and reported to the funding agency.

RASC List of Affirmative Action/EEO Contract Compliance Agreements
In 1998, RASC landed its first contract compliance agreement with Continental Airlines for the construction of their $1.2 billion Global Gateway project at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Almost $200 million was contracted to minority and women-owned construction companies on this project which included a new passenger terminal, Federal Inspection Services hall, arrivals hall, RAMP Control Tower, outbound baggage building and materials store.

In 2001, the State of Connecticut's Capital City Economic Development Authority contracted RASC to provide comprehensive compliance services for their one billion dollar Adriaen's Landing and Rentschler Field Projects. At the conclusion of the project in late 2005, S/MBE participation was 30% and 26% respectively.

In 2003, Don Todd Associates, Inc., one of the Project Management Firms for New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation's multi-billion dollar schools capital program contracted us to provide contract compliance services for Region 1 schools. Region 1 is comprised of Orange and East Orange, NJ. S/M/W/DBE Participation in the Region 1 program as of January 31, 2006 was 43.8% MBE and 8.4%WBE for a total of $56.5 million. Minority workers accounted for 30.6%, or 54,800 hours, and 1.9% of the work is attributed to female workers.

In 2006, RASC was contracted by the New York Jets to develop and manage an M/WBE contract compliance and minority and women labor force program for the proposed new Jet’s stadium and residential development over the Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side.

In 2007, with a JetBlue Airways contract compliance agreement, RASC would oversee the M/WBE and minority and women labor force program for JetBlue’s new $600 million Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The program helped enable M/W/LBEs to obtain contracts exceeding $115 million (20.3%) and achieved minority labor force participation of 38% for skilled workers and 46% for minority laborers. Female skilled tradeswomen and female laborers received a combined total of 5% of the total work hours on the project.

In 2010, the Regional Alliance inked an agreement with Delta Air Lines to help boost participation of M/WBEs and minority and women labor force participation on the JFK/IAT Terminal 4 Redevelopment project at JFK International Airport. For Phase 1A and 1B of the Delta Terminal Redevelopment M/W/LBEs by mid-2013 received $140 million.

In 2012, as part of the Riverside Center Project, Dermot Group, the Manhattan developer, retained RASC services to meet New York City U.L.U.R.P. requirements for monitoring and reporting M/WBE participation on their 43-story residential tower and adjacent public school.

In 2013, Delta Airlines entered into an agreement with the Regional Alliance to help provide contract opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses on their $229 million Terminal 5 Renovation Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
To know more about our contract compliance services, please contact us. We would be pleased to provide any additional information you may need.

OPPORTUNITIES MARKETPLACE

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors

Opportunities Marketplace provides networking opportunities for S/M/W/DBE firms to meet and network with other firms and public agencies with which they may form a business arrangement. While there are several events during the year under this program, the most popular is the Contractors' Clearinghouse. For additional information, please call Paola Camargo at (212) 268-4933, Fax: (212) 268-7509, pcamargo.rascny@verizon.net.

Contractors' Clearinghouse is conducted each year in February or March, usually at Con Edison headquarters on Irving Place in New York City. The program features keynote speakers on relevant construction and other business topics and provides an ample opportunity for networking over a continental breakfast. (Bring your business cards.)

Breakfast is followed by an exposition with booths and information from our sponsors, public agencies and providers of various services.

Other Marketplace events typically include:

  • RASC Annual Awards Luncheon,
  • Annual Members Holiday Networking Luncheon
  • Networking Boat Ride on the Hudson River
  • M/W/LBE and Affirmative Action outreach events conducted under agreements for our clients.
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