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UK, Turner Construction and KYPTAC Accept 15 Companies to New Construction Diversity Accelerator

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2022) – The Construction Diversity Accelerator (CDA) is presented by Turner Construction and the University of Kentucky in partnership with the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC). The 10-week program is designed to give minority, women, and veteran construction and related businesses the skills they need to be competitive in their industry.

The inaugural cohort includes 15 Kentucky-based companies selected from a competitive pool of applicants. As part of the program, the participants will submit a mock bid based on an active Turner project on the 5th floor of the UK Hospital. There will be one mock bid winner at the end of the program.

KYPTAC will be the resource partner for the businesses enrolled in the CDA. Procurement counselors will assist suppliers with certifications, capability statements, and individual coaching in the areas of contracting and subcontracting skills to achieve lasting success.

“Our partnership with UK and Turner Construction aims to foster a collaborative environment where our community members can work together to increase equity and diversity in contracting and remove obstacles for historically underrepresented and disadvantaged small businesses. We do that by assisting in supplier diversity and socioeconomic certifications such as WOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone & DBE while offering one-on-one consulting for all businesses in the Commonwealth for free.” said Nancy Brown, executive director of KYPTAC.

Companies accepted into the 2022 inaugural cohort are:

  • AAECON General Contracting, LLC

  • ARGC Construction Group

  • Bluegrass Construction Operations, LLC


  • Elaine Allen

  • Facility Maintenance and Services Group

  • Franklin Contracting Inc.

  • HB Masonry LLC

  • Indiana Door/Door Equipment Company

  • Kaliber Electric, LLC

  • Lexington Contracting LLC

  • Overflow Service LLC

  • Ranger Steel

  • Third Rock Consultants, LLC

  • Valiant Construction LLC


KYPTAC, an initiative of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), promotes economic development and private sector business growth by providing free assistance to companies interested in providing products or services to federal, state, and local governments and large primes, which annually offer billions of dollars in contracts to private sector companies. Learn more at

About Turner Construction

Turner Construction is North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees, and community. Visit to learn more.

About University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky has a broad range of resources centered on a single campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. Our wide array of programs allows us to excel in multidisciplinary studies and fosters an environment of cooperative engagement across all colleges, programs, and research endeavors. Learn more at


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