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While concerns about the environment increase globally, it is reassuring to know that there are boots on the ground trying to make a positive community impact, not just on the local environment, but on the local economy as well.
The Largo, Md-based Clean Water Partnership celebrated its third cohort of graduates from its Mentor Protégé Program on Dec 19. The event highlighted Clean Water Partnership’s success in meeting and exceeding their goals of mentoring local businesses; and, more importantly, the growth and success of the Mentor Protégé Program graduates who have, between cohorts 1-3, been awarded over $19M in contracts completing green infrastructure projects in various scopes of work across Prince George’s County.
To date, 25 firms have participated in the Mentor Protégé Program and the CWP has contracted with over 70 local, Prince George’s County-based companies, making significant improvements to green infrastructure and contributing to the economic impact in Prince George’s County.
CWP’s Mentor Protégé Program helps to provide support to local, small and disadvantaged businesses while making stormwater infrastructure and construction an economic driver for County government. This community-based public-private partnership between Corvias and Prince George’s County focuses on stormwater management and infrastructure improvements and has seen over 100 individual projects treating 2,235 acres of public and private land. Over $19 million in contracts have been awarded to 14 Mentor Protégé Firms – all of which are local, small and/or minority-owned firms who call Prince George’s County home. Additionally, of the $142 million awarded so far as part of the CWP, 76% has been received by County-based businesses.
“We are extremely proud of the commitment and growth of the firms in our Mentor Protégé Program,” said Keisha Brown, Corvias Partnership Liaison. “It is exciting to watch their expansion and see the awards they’ve received on opportunities not only on the CWP, but throughout the region. Our goals are exactly that – to support their growth and success and watch them flourish and build.”