USACE Galveston District to host Industry Day for small business contractors

GALVESTON, Texas (May 22, 2018) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, will host an Industry Day for small business government contractors June 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the district’s headquarters building located at 2000 Fort Point Road, Galveston, Texas 77550.

The purpose of the event is to present upcoming work for fiscal year 2019, help small businesses navigate through the contracting process, provide an opportunity for companies to network and meet potential vendors and subcontractors as well as to maximize interest in the district’s contracting requirements.

“We consider small business to be the heart of the U.S. economy and a vital part of the Corps’ procurement process,” said Shamekia Chapman, USACE Galveston District Deputy for Small Business Programs. “Industry Day will allow attendees to network and share lessons learned, success stories and contracting best practices and provide a venue to learn about potential future partnership opportunities.”

The one-day event will include morning sessions and an open forum in the afternoon for participants to meet with district staff from the Operations and Maintenance Division, Engineering and Construction Division and architecture subject matter experts.

According to Chapman, the USACE Galveston District has a diverse mission that encompasses primarily civil works projects; the bulk of projects are dredging or dredging-related requirements such as levee repair, hydrographic surveying, dredged materials placement area repair, soils and water testing. The district also provides support to the Department of Homeland Security within its district boundaries in the areas of vertical construction and architecture and engineering services. Work also includes facility maintenance and repairs on the Jadwin Building that houses the district’s main offices, as well as other district offices located in Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Port Arthur, Texas.

To register for the event, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usace-galveston-small-business-industry-day-tickets-46046709949, no later than June 13, 2018. All attendees are required to have a form of identification and a driver license before they can enter the facility.

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Galveston District Corps of Engineers identifies projects to benefit from additional funding

GALVESTON, Texas (May 21, 2018) -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today additional work that it will accomplish with funding provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, 2018.

The projects currently listed to receive funding for USACE Galveston District are Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Freeport Hurricane Protection Levee, Port Arthur & Vicinity, and Texas City Hurricane Flood Protection Levee.

“USACE Galveston is greatly encouraged by this announcement” said Gary Stangeland, Chief, Emergency Management with the Galveston District “These funds, when released, will enable us to focus on Harvey related damages that will help local flood control agencies work to make needed repairs to reduce flood risks.”

Stangeland said the announcement means these funds will help local governments rehabilitate flood protection systems. He said the non-federal sponsor must have agreed to participate within the Corp’s Rehabilitation and Inspection (RIP) Program prior to Hurricane Harvey.

There are two ways that a project can get into the RIP. A non-federal sponsor can build a project and ask that it be entered into the RIP. Another way is that over the years the Corps builds the flood-protection project. Then, it’s transferred to a local agency or “non-federal sponsor” who agrees to maintain it. If a local sponsor’s project is damaged by an extraordinary event, this program funds rehabilitation costs.

Today’s announcement included a portion of the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Authorization. There, Stangeland said, the Harris County Flood Control District will benefit from funds to help restore, to pre-Harvey conditions, that portion of the Buffalo Bayou from State Highway 6 to Beltway 8.

The Texas City Hurricane Flood Protection Levee will receive funding for a section of wall and levee is need of repairs. Damage also occurred at the inlet area of the Moses Lake floodgate. Jefferson County’s Drainage District No. 7 pump stations suffered Harvey related damages and funding was approved for repairs.

Also, The Freeport Hurricane Protection Levee, maintained by the Valasco Drainage District, will now have money needed for a damaged pump and levee damages along the eastern bank of the Brazos River.

“The Flood Control and Coastal Emergency Act known as Public Law 84-99, authorizes the use of the use of Federal Funds for flood-protection projects damaged by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stangeland.

“This money is not for studies, existing project improvements, new levees, or new reservoirs.” Stangeland said. “We can only repair to conditions to pre-storm events”

The current list of projects that will be funded to mitigate damages resulting from natural disasters is posted at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Budget/ as “Short-Term Repairs” under “Supplemental Appropriations for Disasters 2018.” The list will be updated as additional information becomes available.

USACE will announce additional allocations of funds under PL 115-123 at a later date.