City selected for national initiative on inclusive procurement
The City of Minneapolis has been selected as one of 10 cities to participate in the Citi Foundation and Living Cities’ expansion of the City Accelerator initiative on Inclusive Procurement – an effort to increase opportunities for minority-owned businesses to gain city contracts.
The City will receive a $50,000 grant, technical assistance and other support to pursue a range of innovative projects to leverage its purchasing power to support businesses owned by people of color. Other cities selected for the initiative include: Boston, Cleveland, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and South Bend.
“Spending more of our public dollars with businesses owned by people of color is an important facet in building a more inclusive economy,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “That commitment will not only help businesses owned by people of color start, stay, and grow in Minneapolis, it will also improve the work of our City enterprise. Our participation in the City Accelerator cohort will help us implement diversity spend goals for City departments, and we look forward to working with them.”
“This is a great opportunity for the city’s businesses of color. Participation in the City Accelerator initiative will help us advance one of our key racial equity goals for the enterprise: diversifying the City’s vendor base,” said City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins. “While I’m hopeful this grant will help us move the dial on our efforts to increase the number of contracts the City has with businesses owned by people of color, we know that one challenge is preparing vendors to be in a position to contract with the City, so we will be simultaneously working on that issue as well.”
As part of the City’s Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan process, the City Council adopted City enterprise goals in December 2018 that call for increasing the retention of racially and ethnically diverse employees; diversifying the City’s vendor base; improving the use of racially-disaggregated data in policy making; and improving the capacity of the City’s boards and commissions to advance racial equity work.
The Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan is a four-year plan that will embed racial equity principles into all aspects of the City’s work, aligning work from City leadership to departments and defining goals at all planning levels that can be objectively measured and inform resource decisions. The Council is expected to vote on a final version of the plan this summer.
Published Jun 6, 2019