Another 60 or so potential bidders attended another pre-bid conference Wednesday in New Bedford to learn more about the Maritime Commerce Terminal Project.  Local and state officials also met with community organizations to talk about hiring on the job site.  Bill White from the Mass. Clean Energy Center says there will be opportunities for non-union workers....

John "Buddy" Andrade of the Old Bedford Village Development Corp.  has been calling on project officials to create more job opportunities for local workers.  He said Wednesday's meeting at least began the discussion.

Economic Development Director Matt Morrissey feels the project's labor agreement does what community groups want, it's just deciding how it will be implemented.  State officials also announced developers would be given more time to submit bids.  The deadline was moved from January 23 to February 1.