The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking a consultant to develop two best practice Inclusive Contracting Toolkits. The toolkits will serve as implementation-oriented how-to guides for the public sector and anchor institutions (such as universities, hospitals or companies that have deep ties to the regional and local economy), to expand access to their supply chains and contracting opportunities to small, minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses in the SCAG region.
Local government and anchor institutions spend a significant amount of money on goods and services that are purchased through competitive procurements. This spending can be a critical part of strategies to facilitate business growth for the region’s diverse small businesses and create more equity for businesses owned and operated by women, people of color and others that have traditionally had less access to government contracting networks.
Being developed as part of the SCAG Inclusive Economic Recover Strategy (IERS), the purpose of the Inclusive Contracting Toolkits project is to develop a roadmap that contains best practices and implementable actions, to provide public sector agencies and anchor institutions with direction on how to expand economic opportunities to the communities listed above.
SCAG is designated as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for six southern California Counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. As the largest MPO in the U.S., SCAG serves nearly 19 million people, almost half of California’s population.
The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities’ strategies and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations, and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plan. As a metropolitan planning organization with a focus on transportation and regional development patterns, SCAG is positioned to play a leading role in growing an inclusive region where all residents can thrive.
All proposals must be submitted by February 13 at 2:00 p.m. PST. Please visit the SCAG vendor portal and register as an eligible vendor to view this and other bidding opportunities.