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St. Paul aims to lead in workforce racial equity

Concerns over ‘unrealistic’ hiring goals have proven unfounded
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Nearly $105 million in St. Paul City contracts was awarded in 2013 to businesses owned by people of color, women-owned, and small businesses, according to Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) annual report. That was about 41 percent of the “total business opportunity” of more than $255 million. Approximately 18.6 percent of this “total business opportunity,” or $47.5 million of the contracts awarded last year, went to small businesses; $38.5 million (15 percent of total) went to women-owned businesses; and $18.8 million (7 percent of total) went to businesses owned by people of color. Saint Paul’s Vendor Outreach Program (VOP) “requires the city to establish goals for contracting with” minority-owned (MBE), women-owned (WBE) and small business enterprises (SBE) on city construction projects, Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority projects, and contracts for professional services,” stated the 2013 HREEO annual report. Continue Reading →

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Mpls pursues a Racial Equity Action Plan

By Brandi Phillips
Contributing Writer

 

Led by 8th Ward Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, a Racial Equity Action Plan for the City is in the planning and formation stages. It is expected to be implemented by a Racial Equity Action Plan Committee that Glidden hopes will be comprised of community members, city council members,and various city departments such as the police and fire department. The Racial Equity Action Plan is intended as a well-thought-out approach to the goal of racial equity. The Racial Equity Action Plan Committee will be defining the term “racial equity” as well as setting goals based on the definition. In 2012, the City of Minneapolis initiated a Climate Action Plan that, according to the City’s website, provides a roadmap to guide Minneapolis towards greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Continue Reading →

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