City of Arlington adopts formal minority women corporate policy and establishes office of corporate diversity

The City of Arlington is committed to promoting and encouraging greater fairness for the Minority Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE) business community. MWBE certified companies will have full and fair opportunities to bid on goods and services for the city, whether it’s providing supplies for animal shelters and recreation centers or building new streets and sidewalks in the city. our neighborhoods.

Arlington City Council recently adopted a Business Program for Minority Women and established a Business Diversity Office as part of the city’s efforts to increase participation of minority and women-owned businesses. as suppliers, main suppliers and subcontractors. The City views these Council initiatives as measures to reduce the race and gender based barriers that limit the use of MWBEs in contracting and procurement opportunities.

As part of these changes, the City of Arlington established contract specific objectives designed to fairly and conscientiously include MWBEs in the city’s procurement process for goods, general services, professional and consulting services. , construction and architectural and engineering services where there are outsourced opportunities. The program requires entrepreneurs to make good faith efforts to use MWBEs in certain contracting and procurement opportunities. Each locally funded contract will be evaluated by the Business Diversity Office to determine the appropriate goals for participation in MWBEs, which will vary depending on the availability of MWBEs, the nature of the contract, the City’s past experiences with the participation of MWBEs in similar contracts, price competitiveness, subcontracting opportunities and other relevant factors.

Among its various responsibilities, the Office of Corporate Diversity will also review bid proposals and evaluation criteria in order to remove any artificial barriers to potential M / WBE participation.

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