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ST. PAUL, Minn.–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, is hosting a construction industry day workshop and contracting seminar on the proposed diversion channel for the Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., area June 27 and 28.

Pre-registration for either or both days of the two-day event is required and space is limited. Information on registration and the event is posted on FedBizOpps, www.fbo.gov, keywords: W912ES, Fargo Moorhead. There will also be an opportunity for contractors and suppliers to sign up for a one-on-one session with Corps contracting and engineering employees during pre-registration.

The Corps and the Diversion Authority are currently in the preliminary design phase of the proposed project and are seeking contractor and supplier input to improve the project’s construction process. The construction industry day workshop on June 27 will include a general project overview, design feature concepts, and more detailed information on the first design reach of the project based on the draft design.

A separate contracting seminar will be held June 28 as an introduction to contracting with the federal government. The seminar will provide a general overview of some of the rules, regulations and processes involved in federal government contracting. Topics will include certification applications for various small business categories, joint venture agreements, small business subcontracting plans, construction contract clauses, common bid irregularities, and the responsibilities and expectations associated with satisfactory contract performance. (The proposed diversion project will not be discussed during the Contracting Seminar.)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $181 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states.

The Flood Diversion Authority was formed through a joint powers agreement between the City of Fargo; the City of Moorhead; Cass County, North Dakota; Clay County, Minnesota; the Joint Cass Water Resource District; and the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District. The Authority board is made up of nine members representing these stakeholders. The mission of the Flood Diversion Authority is to build a flood diversion project to protect the approximately 200,000 residents of the greater metropolitan area.

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