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College District Seeks Disabled Vet Business Groups

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The San Diego Community College District is reaching out to service disabled veteran-owned businesses. The goal is to make sure the businesses have opportunities to bid on district construction projects.

The San Diego Community College District is reaching out to service disabled veteran-owned businesses. The goal is to make sure the businesses have opportunities to bid on district construction projects.

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is in the midst of a building boom.

The district is spending $1.5 billion in construction bond funds to build new teaching facilities and make renovations at its City, Mesa and Miramar campuses.

The money is also paying for work at six of the district's continuing education campuses.

David Umstot is SDCCD's Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management.

He says the district is reaching out to several veteran-owned business groups to encourage them to bid on the construction projects.

"We're really trying to provide opportunities for small, disadvantaged, women-owned and disabled veteran business enterprise opportunities as part of this large construction program," said Umstot.

Umstot says nearly two-thirds of special services contracts have been awarded to firms and people who qualified as underutilized businesses.

He says the district is also using a database from the local Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network to contact potential contractors.

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