Because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the annual Louisville MSD “Can You Dig It?” event scheduled for Thursday, January 20, was converted from in-person to virtual. The event, led by the Procurement, Supplier Diversity and Community Benefits offices, lets contractors learn about upcoming capital construction projects and other contract opportunities in 2022.
Those interested in knowing more about these opportunities with Louisville MSD and Louisville Water are invited to watch the video below and learn more at the following links:
To mark Monday’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MSD employees came together to recreate his legendary “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. The speech called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.
“This speech highlights the message from Dr. King that we all should be united, and that it takes all of us to ensure freedom, equality and justice for the betterment of our country, city, and organization,” said Equity and Compliance Officer Kellie S. Watson.
Six employees of the Bullitt County Sanitation District (BSCD) became part of Louisville MSD on December 1 following MSD’s acquisition of BCSD on November 30. With the transaction, MSD provides service to 4,200 Bullitt County residential customers formerly served by BCSD, Hunter’s Hollow Treatment Plant, Big Valley Sewer Utility and eight small package wastewater treatment plants.
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MSD has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding through the Kentucky Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (KYEM/HS) as a sub-recipient.
Two grants totaling more than $7.6 million will fund major MSD infrastructure improvements in Jefferson and Oldham counties. Governor Andy Beshear announced the grants October 26 under the $250 million Kentucky Cleaner Water Program, funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
MSD was one of the attractions for more than 1,200 high school students from across Kentucky who gathered at the Shelby County Fairgrounds during Kentucky Construction Career Days in September.
The annual event, sponsored by the Kentucky Construction Career Choice Council, exposes vocational and technical school students to careers in construction. More than fifty exhibitors gave the students a wide variety of experiences at this year’s September 21 and 22 gathering.
The Environmental Justice Task Force for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)—chaired by MSD Executive Director Tony Parrott—has developed a set of Environmental Justice Principles for the water sector. The principles will be used by NACWA in on-going discussions with Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and utility peers.
“Because of the work our task force has done, NACWA has moved to set up a standing Environmental Justice Committee within NACWA this fall which will keep the momentum going,” Parrott said.
Local small businesses that provide construction services can learn more about MSD’s new Small Local Business Enterprise Program (SBE Program) at informational sessions on August 3, 4 and 5. These one-hour virtual sessions are for construction contractors interested in bidding as a prime for MSD construction-related work.
LOJIC (Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium) was named the 2021 winner of the Esri Enterprise GIS Award. LOJIC is recognized “for bringing together decision-makers to understand the interconnection of systems within their region and share data and applications across 1,300 spatial databases,” according to a July 14 Esri news release.