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How to take part in Guam's $11 billion military buildup

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Industry forum expanded to include discussions on defense construction in Palau, FSM

Organizers launched the GIF22 app today to open networking channels; Registration, sponsorship and exhibitor space are still available

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Registration remains open to business owners and individuals who are interested in participating in The Guam Industry Forum 2022, where they can learn about bid opportunities for $11 billion worth of military projects on Guam.

The Guam Industry Forum 2022, scheduled for Nov. 14-16 at Dusit Thani Guam Resort, will provide networking and business opportunities for contractors and service providers from throughout Asia, the U.S., Guam and Micronesia to network, collaborate, and avail of opportunities to support the historic increase in America’s strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Hundreds of government and industry representatives are expected to attend the forum, according to the Guam Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.), which organized the annual forum.

S.A.M.E. Guam Post recently announced key speakers from Guam, the U.S. Military, and Japan’s Ministry of Defense, who will open the forum’s agenda on Day 1 of the three-day event.

On Days 1 and 2, organizers have gathered subject-matter experts and decision-makers who will give forum attendees insight into the anticipated projects for the next five years and beyond and opportunities to bid for $11 billion in new military and commercial construction projects, maintenance, and service contracts already planned by the U.S. military.

Additionally, attendees will learn how commercial construction and public infrastructure projects created by the American Rescue Plan have created unprecedented opportunities for designers, engineers, constructors, suppliers, and service companies.


“This year’s event places an even bigger focus on networking with decision-makers in the U.S. military and the government of Guam who will manage the design, construction, and service contracts," said Charles B. Hazzard III, president of S.A.ME.

"We’ve expanded GIF22 to include information about development and construction opportunities in the region – Guam, the CNMI, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia. Professionals from Asia, the U.S., Guam, and Micronesia will converge in Guam to learn how they can be part of this historic Indo-Pacific expansion.”

S.A.M.E. Guam Post announced its new event management app, WHOVA, launched today. Attendees can download the WHOVA app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and begin establishing their profile, planning their sessions, and engaging with fellow attendees.

The app provides excellent networking opportunities for attendees, speakers, and exhibitors well before the event begins. Throughout the forum, sponsored networking breaks, luncheons, and cocktail events are included.

The event’s page on the WHOVA app provides detailed information about the three-day event, which includes the following itinerary:

Sun., Nov. 13: Pre-Registration and Hafa Adai Welcome Reception Mon., Nov. 14: Day 1 – Forum and exhibition begin at 8:30 a.m.; remarks from Guam, the U.S. Military, and Japan’s Ministry of Defense; and sessions/plenary discussions. Tues., Nov. 15: Day 2 – Forum and exhibition begin at 8 a.m.; key remarks; and sessions/plenary discussions. Wed., Nov. 16: Day 3 – Window Tour of key military project sites in the morning; The 43rd Annual Charlie Corn Scholarship Golf Tournament at STARTS Guam Golf Resort, Dededo hosted by S.A.M.E. Guam Post

“Each session will provide great value and insight for our attendees and shouldn’t be missed. Some of the highlights include the military construction Outlook for Guam, the CNMI and Micronesia session and the Installation Commander/Commanding Officer panel discussion on Day 1. On Day 2, attendees can look forward to the Plenary Presentation by Neal J. Orringer, one of our keynote speakers, and the Commercial and Public Works Construction Projects session," Hazzard said.


The forum will also address practical topics about how companies can do business in Guam, the current state of the island’s labor force, and how companies can effectively bid on projects. Anyone interested in learning more can do so through the event’s webpage and the WHOVA app.

The Guam Industry Forum is organized with the support of the Guam Contractors Association and the Guam Chamber of Commerce.

Registration can be completed online at Interested companies that would like to learn more about ideal sponsorship opportunities or how to have a worthwhile presence at the event can visit to download a sponsorship packet. For personalized assistance, businesses can email to secure their sponsorship immediately.

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