Guam – In an effort to assist small businesses in the CNMI prepare for the opportunities that the buildup will bring, the Tinian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with NAVFAC Marianas Wednesday hosted the NAVFAC Small Business Outreach Forum at the Tinian Dynasty Hotel.
[Caption: Left to right -CNMI Senate President Paul Manglona, Tinian Senator Frank Cruz, Tinian Chamber of Commerce President Phillip Mendiola-Long, Tinian Mayor Ray Dela Cruz, RADM Paul Bushong – US Defense Representative to Micronesia, CAPT Peter Lynch – Commander Navfac Marianas, CNMI Senate Vice President Jude Hofschneider and JGPO Forward Director – John Jackson]
The CNMI and Tinian specifically, will be joining Guam as a host to the buildup. Tinian in the near future, will become home to four live fire training ranges which will not only train US Military forces, but international allied forces as well. This development on Tinian as well as future proposed plans by the US Military offers an invaluable opportunity to Guam and Northern Mariana Island companies seeking to do business with the US Federal Government.
Attendees at the forum heard from the Honorable Mayor of Tinian, Ray Dela Cruz and military presentations from senior military officials such as RADM Paul Bushong, US Defense Representative for Micronesia, Mr. John Jackson, Director of the Joint Guam Program Office Forward and Capt Peter Lynch, Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Marianas.
The goal of the Small Business Outreach Forum was to have key military leaders first explain the plans for the region and how local businesses can take part in the many opportunities it will present.