Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, is the sixth-largest city in the US. With several million people living in the city and its suburbs, ongoing construction and reparation initiatives are required to keep public infrastructure functional and safe for use. From public buildings to facilities such as utility plants to roads and bridges, Philadelphia counts on the services of private construction vendors at every stage of major projects, from design and planning to finishing touches.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in pursuing Philadelphia construction opportunities in the public sector can use the city’s portal for municipal contracting to participate in the procurement process.
Philadelphia offers a web-based system, PHLContracts, through which vendors can register to compete for public sector bid opportunities. PHLContracts helps improve transparency, increase competition and ultimately create more value for taxpayers by bringing the procurement process online.
Vendors can propose their services to several different divisions of procurement, such as:
- The Services, Supplies and Equipment Division or SS&E: which sources commodities for public operations
- Public Works: which relate to construction, alteration or reparation contracts for public property, including buildings, streets, bridges, highways and sewers
- Concessions: which allow vendors to sell goods or services while on City property
- Special Services: which handles contracts in advertising, inspections and asset management
For construction-related opportunities, Public Works is the division that vendors will typically want to approach. To become eligible to bid on government opportunities, the first step is to register with the Philadelphia Procurement Department. There is no cost to register with the Department.
Vendors may also want to consider exploring relevant state-level bids in Pennsylvania, as the work location of some of these opportunities may be in the Philadelphia region.
To identify construction opportunities as they become available, interested vendors should pay close attention to investment and development projects in Philadelphia. Public-private investment initiatives like the PIDC can provide a wealth of information and insight into upcoming construction projects in the Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
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Nathan Munn | BidNet.com