McKissack provided Section 3 Program Management Services and M/WBE Consulting Services on the Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction Project.

The HUD and CDBG-DR program utilized $325 million in funding to rebuild approximately 5.5 miles of shoreline in Far Rockaway, which was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The new boardwalk features protective measures to withstand future storms, as well as new concession and recreation opportunities.

McKissack provided services for the HUD/CDBG-DR Section 3 requirements, assuring that employment, training and contracting, to the greatest extent feasible, are directed to low- and very low-income persons. To ensure achievement of the Section 3 goals, McKissack developed a web portal for opportunities, online applications, registration and self-affirmations for both individuals and businesses; hosted community outreach events to inform local residents and businesses about the project, local workforce opportunities and the Section 3 Program; and partnered with local businesses and non-profits to promote and advertise local opportunities. McKissack also has created and maintained a database of all interested applicants to the project for client and sub-recipient use; managed all section 3 Resident and Section 3 Business Concerns compliance documentation and analyzed and prepared certified payroll reports to ensure hiring goals are on target.

McKissack also managed the project’s M/WBE program—engaging and assisting qualified M/WBE subcontracting firms and labor force individuals by providing contracting and employment opportunities. To effectively manage the program, McKissack participated in all M/WBE forecasting; attends contractor meetings (pre-bids, kick-off, project team meetings); sources and provides M/WBE procurement referrals; reviews and monitors M/WBE.