Architectural and Engineering Partnering Program
What is the A&E Partnering Program?
The Architectural and Engineering Partnering Program is an endeavor that creates increased opportunities for women and entrepreneurs of color in the construction industry.
The A&E Partnering Program is composed of established and developing firms in the Twin Cities area, including representatives of the government and nonprofit sector. The goal of the A&E Partnering Program is to partner developing women - owned businesses and firms of color with larger, established corporations that can provide guidance, expertise and industry connections. The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) manages and facilitates the program along with our partners, the Association of Women Contractors (AWC) and the National Association of Minority Contractors - Upper Midwest (NAMC).
- Develop ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships between women and entrepreneurs of color and established firms.
- Provide access to projects and jobs for women and entrepreneurs of color.
- Build capacity in terms of revenue and employment.
- Increase the visibility of the A&E program in the Twin Cities area.
The A&E Partnering Program provides partners with:
- Increased access and opportunities for learning.
- Expanded roster of subcontractors and other industry-related businesses while demonstrating leadership within their industry.
- Increased potential to bid on projects and jobs.
- Exponential growth as a business owner.
- Afforded opportunities to network with business throughout the construction industry.
MEDA, AWC, and NAMC's Roles
- Match established firms with developing entrepreneurs of color and women and help develop the partnering relationships.
- Provide business development services to the partnering relationship.
- Manage the monthly A&E program meetings.
- Promote and grow the program.