Inclusive contracting refers to the process of creating the environment for businesses owned by people of color and/or women to participate in a governmental procurement and contracting. Inclusive business participation in local government procurement and contracting is an important source of income and jobs in communities of color and helps to strengthen community and business partnerships. It strengthens communities within the jurisdiction both economically and socially. It also allows governments to express their values with the dollars that they spend.
Local governments procure and contract for a variety of things – from complex construction or architectural services to supplies to keep the government running. Before the Civil Rights movement, government contracting and procurement policies and practices generally excluded people of color and women. Although discrimination is now illegal, government procurement and contracting is generally not equitably distributed. Contracting inequities are both internal to the government – how the government does business – and also external – driven by the larger economy and how prime vendors and prime contractors to the government do their business. Within governmental jurisdictions that are working to advance racial equity, a common area of interest is the spending of government dollars.
Our Goal: Local and regional government dollars used for contracting, consulting and procurement should benefit the communities we serve, proportionate to the demographics in our communities.
This webinar will be moderated by Anne Price, from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and will feature Tim Lohrentz, author of GARE’s paper “Contracting for Equity: Best Local Government Practices that Advance Racial Equity in Government Contracting and Procurement” and representatives from two jurisdictions, Nancy Locke, Director of the the City of Seattle’s Purchasing and Contracting Services, and Velma Korbel, Director of the City of Minneapolis Office for Civil Rights.