Maria caused severe damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and technology
leaving residents and businesses without vital resources. Julie Padilla,
director of the Riverside Community College District Procurement Technical
Assistance Center (PTAC), is available to assist Puerto Rico’s businesses once
the island begins its recovery. With the Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center
off-line, Padilla has offered to handle in-coming calls until the center’s
operation is restored.
who began her career as a procurement specialist and later became the director
of the Federal Contracting Center in Puerto Rico came to RCCD as director of
the PTAC in 2008.
so much sadness and anguish because of the hurricane,” said Padilla. “We must
support each other. I am privileged to contribute to the reconstruction of a
new Puerto Rico, through the PTAC, by serving Puerto Rico businesses interested
in participating in disaster government contracting opportunities while our
fellow Puerto Rico PTAC resumes their operations.”
who grew up in Puerto Rico has family still living on the island and has not
heard from her father and brother since the hurricane hit the island on
September 20. The storm was the most powerful weather system to hit the island
since 1932. In its aftermath, Puerto Rico lost radar, weather stations and most
importantly communication capabilities.
PTAC provides assistance to businesses seeking to market goods and services to
the federal, state and local government, either directly or as