NEW YORK, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), has launched Stimulus Edge, a market intelligence product aimed at helping the construction industry's smaller manufacturers, contractors, and suppliers win their share of government stimulus project dollars.
Stimulus Edge provides access to projects that are being financed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) or that have been identified as "shovel ready" and eligible for ARRA funding. Access is available through the McGraw-Hill Construction Network(R) with a six-month subscription.
Subscribers can focus on projects in one or more of nine U.S. regions or choose a nationwide view. They can search projects verified as ARRA-funded, then drill down to the details of plans and specifications to determine the need for the products or services they sell. Stimulus Edge project reports include the names of project owners, architects, contractors, and engineers directly responsible or those who select or influence product selection. Daily email alerts of new projects as they are funded ensure that Stimulus Edge subscribers are among the first to learn about the latest stimulus opportunities.
Stimulus Edge also provides access to resources that can help small companies that are new to public-sector projects get requisite credentials and adapt operations to do business with the government. The Stimulus Resource Center offers news and analysis, drawn from McGraw-Hill Construction's architecture, engineering, and construction magazines and market research, to give subscribers essential insights into the construction industry's progress toward recovery and the administration's reinvestment strategies in infrastructure, education, and healthcare.
"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act explicitly makes provisions for including entrepreneurs and small businesses," said Per Lofving, senior director, McGraw-Hill Construction. "Still, the prospect of winning business from the government can be daunting for small companies, especially if they've operated exclusively in the private sector until now. We designed Stimulus Edge and the Stimulus Resource Center to give manufacturers, subcontractors, and suppliers the tools and the leads they need to compete successfully for stimulus contracts."
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