A mere dozen or so people attended the third and final DD2 Contractor Meet and Greet on Tuesday but school officials are not worried about local contractors bidding on the multitude of school construction projects in 2014.
In June the first Meet and Greet was held to inform local and minority contractors on what they need to do to be considered for the 17 DD2 construction projects, which start going up for bid later this month. Tuesday’s Meet and Greet was held in Summerville High School’s auditorium and was sponsored by M.B. Kahn Construction Company.
District Capital Improvement Facilitator Bob Folkman said the DD2 school board chose to have local contractors involved in order to give back to the district’s economy. “I’ve always been a proponent of keeping it local,” Folkman said.
The final Meet and Greet consisted of refreshments and slideshow presentation of the benefits of keeping the construction in the hands of local contractors – how it expands the local tax base and promotes job growth in Dorchester County. There was also talk on giving high school students the opportunity to intern during the ongoing projects and learn the logistics of the contracting business.
DD2 Board of Trustees Chairwoman Gail Hughes attended the Meet and Greet and said finding local contractors was a requirement when the construction projects first came into the picture.
“We feel like the taxpayers were gracious enough to give us the money,” she said. “All of it’s going to boost the economy.”
Hughes said M.B. Kahn has dealt with implementing local contractors before and said “it works great.”
In particular Hughes is looking forward to finding internships for high school students once the projects take off. “It’s a win-win,” she said. “We’ll see how we can implement that because that’s just wonderful.”
Although not as many contractors attended the third meeting as they did the first two, Richard Wiese with LowCountry Greens LLC felt like the session was “very informative.”
“I think using local contractors is great,” he said. “It stimulates the local economy.”