FOR RELEASE: Oct. 27, 2015
Kansas City shows increase in FY15 minority firm contracts
Annual Minority, Women Business Enterprise Report demonstrates improvements through City Initiatives
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is pleased to announce the release the City’s Minority/Women Business Enterprise Annual Report for 2014-15, which demonstrates that minority and women-owned firms are benefiting from major inclusion initiatives and construction activities within the City. This increase reaffirms Kansas City’s commitment to ensuring that minorities and women-owned firms have an equal opportunity to compete for City contracts.
“The increase in participation can be attributed in part to significant construction activity that is shaping the future of Kansas City,” said Phillip Yelder, Human Relations Department Director. “Projects such as the East Patrol Police Campus, One Light Tower, Downtown Streetcar, and Water Services’ 25-year Overflow Control Program have resulted in improved outreach, the development of positive relationships, and millions of dollars in contracts that have benefited our local minority and women owned firms.”
The Annual Report highlights include:
- The overall Minority, Women Business Enterprise participation of 29.26% on City of Kansas City, Missouri’s contracts in Fiscal Year 2014-15 represents an increase from the previous fiscal year of 24.02%; a difference of 5.24%
- Minority and women-owned firms were awarded more than $262 million dollars or 23% of the total construction, professional services, and commodities procurement opportunities ($262 million/ $1.14 Billion) through the City, and various agencies; such as, TIF, PIEA, LCRA, POA, and CDBG
- Over 599 certified firms are now in the City’s Directory
- Section 3 Business Contractors resulted in 12.31% participation, surpassing its 10% Section 3 Business Concerns participation.
- MWDBE certification applications averaged 45 days to process compared to MoDOT 90 days recommendation
- Assisted more than 241 construction workers with restitution that was due; collecting more than $60,754 in restitution and $27,800 in liquidated damages
- The new MyLCM online payroll reporting system allowed contract compliance/ prevailing wage inspectors to increase their overall work production:
- Interviewed more than 2,628 construction workers compared to the goal of 675
- Inspected more than 638 construction sites compared to the goal of 250
- Audited more than 13,758 Prevailing Wage Payrolls compared to the goal of 11,169
- Overall Satisfaction in Customer Service increased to 95%, compared to 86% in FY 2013-14
To view the entire report, visit https://data.kcmo.org/Human-Relations/MWBE-Annual-Report-2015/j3wg-w4cg.
Kansas City is committed to creating opportunities for minorities, women-owned businesses, and new business development by protecting citizens’ civil rights, prevailing wage compliance, Section 3 federal requirements, and providing economic opportunities for all small businesses. Kansas City’s partnerships with corporate and public entities assist in fostering these opportunities in various procurement sectors. Additionally, certifications programs assist minority, women-owned, disadvantaged, and small local companies in developing their businesses and becoming important contributors to the local economy.
For more information, and to schedule an interview, please contact Phillip Yelder, Human Relations Department Director, at 816-513-1801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.