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professional procurement staff will participate in a company-sponsored event during 2006 (e.g., Vendor in the Spotlight, Supplier Diversity BRB events), and one or more individuals from each procurement group will participate in external events (e.g., FRMBC Conference and Trade Show, FMSDC of Florida Trade Fair).  FPL also sponsors an annual event called “Supplier in the Spotlight” where the company hosts a luncheon inviting a large number of diversity suppliers and recognition awards are given to various companies.  A majority of FPL company procurement staff representatives attend this event and make themselves accessible to these suppliers.

When asked about storm contracts (as a result of the recent hurricane activity in Florida), Mr. Seiler stated that FPL does have contracts in place for catering, trucking, and other segments of storm restoration for which minority contractors have been identified.  Mr. Seiler also presented examples of other current successful areas of small or diverse suppliers’ commerce with FPL, such as underground line construction (which has large growth potential), HVAC services, civil and transportation services, temporary labor, computer services, and environmental services.

Mr. Seiler said FPL is active in supplier diversity community outreach, and company representatives serve on boards and are active in several diversity councils.  FPL received the Corporate Sponsorship Award from the FRMBC in December 2005 and the Outstanding Support Award from the FRMBC in March 2006.

Mr. Hudson Oliveira, Supply Chain Management, Progress Energy

Mr. Hudson said Progress Energy recognizes the importance of supplier diversity in all aspects of the company’s business and procurement practices.  Through the company’s supplier

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