FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 26, 2016
Minority and women-owned businesses are getting more contracts with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, according to a report that shows the City’s inclusion initiatives and construction projects are having a positive impact on efforts to ensure that these firms have an equal opportunity to compete.
The City’s Minority/Women Business Enterprise Annual Report for 2015-16 shows overall participation has increased to nearly 34 percent, about five percent higher than the previous fiscal year. Within the past two years, minority and women business enterprise participation increased from 24 percent to almost 34 percent.
“Kansas City is fortunate to have the support of Mayor Sly James, City Councilmembers and City Manager Troy Schulte in creating opportunities to improve minority, women-owned, and small local business enterprise firms’ participation on City contracts,” said Barbara Garcia, Human Relations Administrator. “This report shines a light on our commitment and progress in making race and gender diversity a priority in our community.”
The report also shows it now takes considerably less time to certify applications for minority and women-owned businesses, making the process faster and more efficient.
- Minority and women-owned firms receive more than $348 million or 25 percent of the total construction, professional services, and commodities procurement opportunities ($348 million/ $1.39 billion) through the City and various agencies
- Section 3 Business Contractors resulted in 16 percent participation, surpassing its 10 percent Section 3 Business Concerns participation
- Assisted more than 196 construction workers with restitution, collecting more than $128,990 in restitution and $41,790 in liquidated damages
- Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) firms receive 35 prime contracts worth more than $4.1 million
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, contact Phillip Yelder, Human Relations Department Director, at 816-513-9982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.