Civil Rights Department co-sponsors roundtable on best practices for women- and minority-owned business and workforce inclusion
To collaborate and learn what partner organizations do to include women-owned and minority-owned businesses in purchasing and contracting choices, the Civil Rights Department co-sponsored a roundtable on best practices in business and workforce inclusion.
Roundtable participants discussed practical and aspirational best practices used by metro-area agencies that oversee business and workforce inclusion programs. Participants shared personal testimonies of successful strategies and identified the metro area’s most challenging barriers to inclusion.
The focus of the roundtable included:
- Contract monitoring.
- Contractor compliance reviews.
- Handling violations.
- Supportive services and technical assistance.
- Race and gender-neutral initiatives.
- Business development.
- Use of technology.
- Workforce planning and projection.
- Affirmative Action compliance reviews.
The roundtable was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Unified Certification Program and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. Several members of the Alliance’s cohort participated including the Metropolitan Council, the City of Saint Paul, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Other participants included the Minnesota Department of Administration, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Management and Budget Office, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, the University of Minnesota, and Minneapolis Public Schools.
Published Jul 14, 2015