Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise

Hudson River Park Trust is a partnership between New York State and City charged with the design, construction and operation of the five-mile Hudson River Park.

The Hudson River Park Trust has established goals for the participation of certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in the award and performance of goods and services under contract with our agency. These goals are currently 30% of the overall contract dollar amount, and are satisfied by the award of contracts, subcontracts and direct procurement of purchases to ESDC-certified MWBE firms.

For information on becoming certified with the Empire State Development Corporation, visit their Certification Page.

What Kind of Services Do We Purchase?

Servies we purchase include, but are not limited to, architectural, engineering, construction management, marine construction, concrete, building construction (general contracting, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, steel, carpentry, etc), landscaping, irrigation, stone materials, demolition, carting, pest control, office supply, IT equipment and services, equipment rental, tools and more. 

Doing Business with the Hudson River Park Trust

  • Bid Directly on our Projects: We regularly post our bidding opportunities on our website and in the New York State Contract Reporter, as well as in other industry publications.  The bid advertisement lays out the scope of the project.  If you can perform the majority of this work, please consider submitting a bid.
  • Ask to be Included on our Solicitation Lists: For smaller purchases, the Trust solicits bids directly from qualified vendors.  If you are a certified vendor on ESDC’s list of certified MWBEs, make sure we know about you and the products/services your firm offers.  Contact Elizabeth Colon at the address below if you think your firm and the types of work we do would be a good match.
  • Team with a Prime Contractor for Subcontracting Opportunities on our Projects: Track current projects being bid.  Review the bid advertisement to identify scope you can perform.  Come to our pre-bid meetings to introduce your company to the prime contractors bidding on the work.  They are bound by the Trust’s 30% compliance goal, and will welcome your bid on the subcontracted portion of the work.

For more information on opportunities with the Hudson River Park Trust, please contact Elizabeth Colon at or visit our Bids and Business Opportunities page for a list of current opportunities. We look forward to doing business with you.

New York State “Bridge to Success” Loan Program for Minority and Women Contractors

Empire State Development (ESD) will expand access to short-term Loans for New York State Certified Minority and Women-Owned firms doing business with New York State. The “Bridge To Success” loan program will invest at least $20 million to expand access to shortterm bridge loans for Minority and Women owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) The program will provide qualified MWBEs with the short-term resources they need to participate in the up to $1 billion in contracting opportunities with New York State. Under the terms of the “Bridge to Success” program, ESD will provide up to $2.73 million in loan loss reserves to support the $20 million in short term loans provided by participating lenders. Loans will typically be under $200,000 with terms under two years and would support $100 million in state contracts.


Empire State Development, New York City Small Business Services and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have joined up to make the process even easier by creating one application to submit for all three MWBE certification programs. Complete instructions are included in the Standard Application.

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