The City of Portland promotes the utilization of minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses as contractors and sub-contractors to promote inclusion and a sustained, vibrant local economy.
The City encourages MWESB firms to become State certified and for Prime Contractors to utilize MWESB subcontractors. To learn more about MWESB certification, visit the MWESB section of the Business Oregon website or call them (866) 467-3466.
To learn about the City’s Technical Assistance, Mentoring and Prime Contract Development programs, visit our Social Equity Contracting site.
Utilization of MWESB Subcontractors on City Construction and PTE Contracts
“Formal” construction and PTE contracts require efforts to contact and include MWESB subcontractors.
The Good Faith Effort Program requires prime contractors to make an effort to provide subcontracting opportunities to state certified Minority-owned, Women-owned or Emerging Small Business (M/W/ESB) firms. The prime is required to contact state certified firms by fax or letter and phone for those divisions of work specified by the City at the time the contract is put out to bid. Efforts to contact and work with certified firms must be documented to the City, and contractors will be required to provide disclosure forms for first-tier subcontractors or sub consultants.
Good Faith Effort documents and instructions are included in solicitation packages and are discussed at pre-bid meetings. Contractors will be required to report on their continued utilization of MWESB subcontractors during the life of the contract.
Workforce Training and Hiring Program
The Workforce Training and Hiring Program applies only to City construction projects over $200,000. It establishes a process for actively recruiting and training a diverse workforce and provides services to help contractors comply.
This program strives not only to maximize work opportunities for women and minorities, but also to acquaint contractors with new job applicant sources and set a standard that will encourage industry-wide fair employment practices.
Contractors awarded City contracts over $200,000 and subcontracts over $100,000 must:
- Register as “Training Agents” with the Bureau of Labor and Industries to qualify for hiring and training apprentices. Application information is available from the Apprenticeship and Training Division online and at (503)731-4072. Use community-based recruitment resources to find job applicants for their companies.
The City helps by providing:
- Individualized assistance with program requirements
- Analysis of workforce needs and apprenticeship ratios
- Current information about the apprenticeship system
- Communication liaison between the contractor and the community recruiting resources
- Monitoring and notification when program requirements are not being met
Additional resources for contractors can be found throughout the Procurement services website.