Walsh launches new effort to attract more diverse suppliers to city contracts

November 5, 2019

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration is stepping up its efforts to open up more opportunities for City Hall business to women- and minority-owned contractors to help address historically low diversity among the city’s mix of suppliers.

Walsh announced an executive order on Friday that included a number of key steps: training for employees and departments that handle procurement, requiring employees to verify they’ve used a city-managed procurement database when soliciting bids, and mandating that diverse contracting be considered at the start of the budget process every year.

And the administration plans to improve access to its databases to make it easier for minority- and women-owned businesses to find opportunities, and for city employees to more quickly identify potential bidders.

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