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Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.



City Comptroller's Report notes shortfall in M/WBE utilization

The New York City Comptroller's Annual Report on M/WBE Procurement for fiscal year 2022 has been released, with findings of low utilization of M/WBEs relative to total City contracting, and recommendations for increasing M...

Published Mar 16, 2023


Rochester International Airport announces DBE goals

The Rochester International Airport of Minnesota has announced its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goals for federally-assisted contracts for fiscal years 2022 through 2024. The Airport is required to...

Published Mar 13, 2023


Guilford County launches new MWBE program

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution instituting a formal Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program Policy.The policy comes after a disparity study was delivered to the co...

Published Mar 08, 2023


MDOT raises personal net worth cap for MBEs

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently announced it is raising the personal net worth (PNW) cap for owners of businesses certified as MBEs, or Minority Business Enterprises. The change went into effect o...

Published Feb 21, 2023


City of Wilmington releases MWBE disparity study

The City of Wilmington has released a disparity study into its procurement procedures, with a particular eye on whether or not minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) were being underutilized relative to their availabi...

Published Feb 13, 2023


New York Senate passes a variety of MWBE support bills

The New York State Senate has passed a variety of bills intended to support minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in their attempts to compete for procurement work from the State. The bills have not been p...

Published Feb 13, 2023


New York City to pursue goal for $25 billion in MWBE awards

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced in his recent "State of the City" address for 2023 a goal for the City to award $25 billion in contract dollars to minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) by fiscal y...

Published Feb 08, 2023


New Jersey legislation for LGBTBEs moves forward

The Senate Commerce Committee for the State of New Jersey has advanced legislation that, if passed, would authorize the State's Department of the Treasury to certify businesses owned by LGBTQ+ individuals (or LGBTBEs) in t...

Published Feb 08, 2023


City of Philadelphia offering two series of monthly webinars in 2023

The City of Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will be hosting two monthly webinar series that will run through November of 2023. The webinars will be part of the OEO's general efforts to help minority-, w...

Published Jan 24, 2023


Memphis-Shelby County Schools holding disparity study public meetings

Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS), as part of the process by which they are conducting a disparity study into the utilization of minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in MSCS contracting, are holding pu...

Published Jan 24, 2023


County of Baltimore sets goal to increase MWBE utilization

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has issued an executive order calling for utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in County contracting to be increased to 30 percent by 2026. The current MWB...

Published Jan 23, 2023


SEPTA and CTA sign reciprocity agreement

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have formally signed a reciprocity agreement under which historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) may work for eith...

Published Jan 17, 2023


Clark Public Utilities Small Works Roster and Professional Engineering and Architects Roster

[NOTE: The text below is provided as-is, with the text provided to us by Clark Public Utilities directly.]Clark Public Utilities is updating its Small Works Roster for public works projects und...

Published Jan 09, 2023


Clark Public Utilities Notice to Vendors

[NOTE: The text below is provided as-is, with the text provided to us by Clark Public Utilities directly.]Clark Public Utilities of Clark County, Washington, has established vendor lists for su...

Published Jan 09, 2023


ODOT surpasses its DBE contracting goal for 2022

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced that it has surpassed its own goal for contracting with disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) during the previous fiscal year of 2022. That DBE participation...

Published Dec 27, 2022