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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

波士頓成立供應商多元化5人小組 撥備75萬元合約機會金

波士頓代市長Kim Janey宣佈推出「合約多元化」計畫。
                 (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓市綜合報導)波士頓市代理市長暨2021年市長候選人Kim Janey

            今(7)日宣佈「供應商多元化計畫」,包括撥款75萬元設立合約機會金,舉辦市府合約機會途徑說明會等等。

                   Kim Janey針對少數族裔所擁有(MBE),婦女所擁有(WBE)的企業,在爭取市府合約時,一直以來面對的歧視,差距及障礙,從採購流程著手,採取行動。

                   波士頓市府在今年2月已根據行政命令,完成差距調查,並宣佈致力實現25%的市府合約要發包給婦女及少數族裔所擁有企 

          2021年會計年度,波士頓市府從波士頓警察局加班費中撥出200萬元到市長的經濟發展辦公室,用於支持供應商多元化計畫。

             Kim Janey今日宣佈,在波士頓市長的經濟發展辦公室平等及包容小組內,成立共有5名全職員工的「供應商多元化小組(Supplier Diversity Team)」,來推動這工作,包括研發包容性的採購做法,監督市府合約,為企業堤共技術支援,發放企業證書,為婦女及少數族裔所擁有的企業和可能的業務機會搭橋。

            波士頓市也已經由行政及財務辦公室聘請了波士頓市的第一個採購策略主任(Director of Strategic Procurement),來支援市府內跨部門的平等採購。

         波士頓市府還將新撥75萬元,支持已獲得認證的婦女,少數族裔退伍老兵所擁有的企業,以及波士頓市內的地方小企業來爭取市府合約。這筆經費將由市長的經濟發展辦公室管理,發放,協助企業做好爭取市府合約準備的補助款,可高達15千元。

        這筆經費的申請期間為415日至517日。申請人可以參加兩次現場的資訊講座,詢問資格及標準的有關問題。講座內容將錄影上載到網路facebook.com/econdevBoston/video

            報名可點擊下列鏈接:,星期二,413日,晚上67點,- Register here星期四,415日,下午23點,- Register here

            波士頓市府還將正式開始在市府合約上開始推行試驗計畫,並以Malcolm X公園,改善項目作為第一個試驗計畫,希望讓更多元的企業有機會參與即將進行的全面創新,例如更新棒球場,網球場,遊樂園,以及草坪等等。波士頓市政府20222026會議年度資本計畫將把這一項目的經費從590萬元增加到940萬元,約增加350萬元。

另一項目是由供應商多元化團隊,在428(週三)早上9點至下午1點,主持一場虛擬的一對一市府合約機會會議,讓企業有機會和市府各個部門直接溝通。


MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES NEW SUPPLIER DIVERSITY PROGRAMS

Innovative new initiatives will foster equity in City contracting
BOSTON - Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey today announced several new supplier diversity initiatives to address equity in City contracting. Through key investments into staffing and programmatic needs, the City of Boston is taking bold action to address the past and present effects of discrimination, disparities, obstacles and barriers in its procurement process that impact minority-owned (MBE) and women-owned (WBE) businesses.

These actions build on the City of Boston's commitments announced in February 2021 that followed the completion of a disparity study, including an Executive Order designed to support equitable procurement policies. The Executive Order recognizes the results of the Disparity Study and established annual city spending goals of 25% to women and minority-owned businesses, as well as establishment of a Supplier Diversity Plan to support procurement consistent with the City’s goals.

“These announcements make significant progress on how our City can intentionally build equity into opportunities for businesses who bid for City contracts,“ said Mayor Janey. “Today I am proud to launch a series of concrete actions we are taking to break down barriers to participation by minority- and women-owned businesses to address inequities in City contracting opportunities.” 

In FY2021, the City of Boston reallocated $2 million from the Boston Police Department overtime to the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to support Supplier Diversity efforts. Today’s announcements include a number of critical resources to build staffing capacity and modernize procurement tracking in order to implement new initiatives that expand opportunities for minority- and woman-owned businesses. Program support for businesses includes technical assistance, streamlining the business certification process, access to capital, and connecting Boston’s businesses directly with opportunities for contracting.

Supplier Diversity Investments

In February 2021, the City of Boston made a commitment to develop a Supplier Diversity Program following the completion of the City’s Disparity Study. As part of the City’s $2 million Supplier Diversity investment, a new Supplier Diversity Team has now been created to lead this work. The team includes five full-time staff positions in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development’s Equity and Inclusion Unit. This new team will lead the City’s efforts to develop inclusive procurement practices, monitor City contracts, provide technical assistance to businesses, offer business certification, and connect minority and women-owned businesses to current and future contracting opportunities. Additionally, the City’s first Director of Strategic Procurement has been hired by the Administration & Finance Cabinet to support the City’s commitment to equitable procurement across all City departments.

In order to meet the City’s equitable procurement goals of 25% annual spending with minority and women-owned businesses, the City of Boston is making further investments that will streamline City procurement and certification processes to remove barriers to contracting opportunities. This includes modernizing internal tracking systems and fully automating the current business processes for MBE and WBE vendor certification.

Boston Contracting Opportunity Fund

This new $750,000 fund will support certified woman (WBE), minority (MBE), veteran-owned (VSBE), and small and local businesses (SLBE) within the City of Boston that wish to compete for City contracting opportunities. The fund, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, will award grants of up to $15,000 to businesses that have specific capacity building needs in order to bid for City contracts. Capacity building was one of the needs identified by the Disparity Study in order to increase the availability of diverse businesses ready to compete for City contracts. The fund application period will run from Thursday, April 15 to Monday, May 17, 2021. Applicants can attend two live informational webinars to ask questions about eligibility and criteria for this fund. The webinars will be recorded and posted online at facebook.com/econdevBoston/videos. Please register to attend one of the live virtual sessions:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Register here

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Register here

Pilot Contract for Minority and Women-Owned Participation Goals

The City will officially begin piloting the implementation of participation goals for minority and women-owned businesses in City contracts, with the Malcolm X Park Improvement Project as the first contract planned for that pilot program. Through this pilot, we aim to give a diverse array of businesses the opportunity to partake in the comprehensive renovations to come, such as upgrading the basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds and turf field, among many other improvements. The City’s FY22-26 Capital Plan will increase the project budget from $5.9 million to $9.4 million, a $3.5 million increase.

Pathways to City Contracting Virtual Opportunity Fair

The Supplier Diversity team will host a Pathways to City Contracting Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. At the virtual event businesses will meet one-on-one and in groups with City department representatives and find out about upcoming contracting opportunities that line up with their expertise. When attendees enter the virtual event they will be able to click on virtual “tables” and talk to City buyers directly. Local businesses are encouraged to attend to learn more about contracting with the City. Please register to join us virtually on:

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Register here

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