Increase the rates at which agencies utilize M/WBEs
Across contracts of all sizes, M/WBEs are still underutilized. Increasing agency utilization will require support from the City. We will provide agencies with additional tools to support their utilization of M/WBEs and hold them accountable for using them. We will invest in additional capacity building services for M/WBEs, and increase the use of strategies proven to support M/WBEs, including prequalified lists and pre-bid conferences. We will negotiate modifications to the City’s Project Labor Agreements that will be more M/WBE-friendly and, where appropriate, encourage agencies to elevate the role of M/WBE officers and identify and cultivate M/WBEs’ relationships with contracting agencies.