Beck and City of Fort Worth Announce Construction Program for MBEs
- Jan 3, 2019
The City of Fort Worth and The Beck Group, the integrated architecture and construction firm, are launching a new construction program for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) called The Beck School of Construction Fort Worth.
The Beck School of Construction Fort Worth is accepting applications for the program now through Jan. 23. The program features a series of eight training sessions to help MBEs increase their knowledge of the construction industry and to be competitive in bidding on projects with the City of Fort Worth, The Beck Group, and other public and private organizations.
“We have a shortage of minority-owned businesses who have the capacity or the experience to bid on our construction projects,” said Robert Sturns, the city’s economic development director. “There’s an immediate need for a specialized construction training program, so we approached Scot Bennett of Beck Fort Worth about developing a program together. Without hesitation, he said yes.”
Beck is the prime contractor leading construction on Dickies Arena, which includes a successful MBE outreach effort that resulted in more than $58.6 million in contracted MBE participation to date.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the City of Fort Worth. Together, with this program, we have the opportunity to do more than design or build buildings, we have the opportunity to build the people and companies within Fort Worth and the surrounding communities,” said Bennett, regional director of Beck’s Fort Worth office.
As part of the Dickies Arena outreach effort, the Economic Development Department partnered with Beck, the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council, Events Facilities Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Black Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Hispanic Contractor’s Association, the Black Contractor’s Association, and several clergy members to achieve a high level of participation from the MBE community.