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Hundreds of local businesses cleared to compete for work with Exxon project

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PORTLAND, TEXAS - More than 400 businesses in San Patricio, Nueces and other nearby counties successfully completed pre-screening through the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project's Local Business Initiative.

Those businesses will be included in the bid package to the project's potential prime contractors and will receive priority consideration for work on the proposed plastics manufacturing project in San Patricio County. 

Due to overwhelming interest from local businesses, the GCGV Project is extending the enrollment period beyond the original June 30 deadline. The program reopened today, August 8, and will continue through December 29, 2017.

Businesses that successfully complete the pre-screening process after August 8 will be eligible for an updated 2018 list.

"We are committed to engaging and hiring qualified local businesses," John Mabry, ExxonMobil Chemical Company operations manager who is managing operations for the GCGV Project, said. "The Pre-Screened Local Vendors List gives our contractors quick access to the resources available right here in the Coastal Bend, and it ensures local vendors, contractors and service providers have an opportunity to compete for work with the project. We are very pleased by the positive response and continued interest, which convinced us to extend the qualification period through year-end."

The Project announced the initiative in April as part of its Good Neighbor Program. The Local Business Initiative gives area businesses an opportunity to be pre-screened to compete for work on the proposed GCGV Project plastics manufacturing facility.

Businesses that successfully complete the pre-screening process are placed on a Pre-Screened Local Vendors List, which will be shared with the project's prime contractors to ensure local companies are given priority consideration for vendor, contractor and supplier needs.  

Of the businesses that have completed the pre-screening program to date, 90 are San Patricio County businesses, over 300 are Nueces County businesses and 95 are minority-owned businesses across all applicants.  

"From day one, the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project has expressed its commitment to hiring locally and making sure the local area experiences the economic benefits of this project," San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson said. "This pre-screening initiative has been a huge success, and I'm thrilled to see the project delivering on its commitment."  

The Project hired Veriforce, an expert in contractor screening, to pre-screen companies interested in conducting on-site work. Under the extended deadline, Veriforce will continue accepting applications through December 29, 2017 and the project will continue to cover Veriforce fees for San Patricio and Nueces County businesses.  

Interested businesses are welcome and encouraged to submit their information for future updates to the list. Visit www.gulfcoastgv.com for more information.

Placement on the Pre-Screened Local Vendors List does not guarantee work for the project.  When the prime contractors solicit vendors and suppliers, businesses must complete the bid process and meet all contractor requirements before being formally selected.

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