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Inclusive Procurement

Smaller Cities Are Getting Smarter About How They Buy Things

Performance-based contracting has been a best practice in big cities for years. Now some mid-sized municipalities are adopting the approach.

Even Majority-Black Cities Struggle With Minority Contracting Programs

Just how much should race be taken into account in city purchasing?

With Procurement Strategy, Charlotte, N.C., Seeks to Address Past Racial Bias

Officials want to create more opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses.

For Procurement Reform, Cities See Value in Learning What's Worked Elsewhere

Lots of cities want to increase their outreach to women- and minority-owned businesses. Often, that means taking a look at the best programs in other jurisdictions.

How Can Cities Boost Minority-Owned Businesses? By Buying from Minority-Owned Businesses

Building on reforms in places like Atlanta, five new cities are now working to make their procurement strategies more inclusive.

Reflections on Innovation

Some observations after nearly four years of reporting on the City Accelerator

Five Cities That are Buying into Equity

New City Accelerator initiative looks to drive inclusive economic opportunity through procurement.

The Perils of Procurement

Why things are not so simple in the world of government purchasing

Procurement Changes to Create Opportunities for Small and Minority-Owned Businesses in Chicago

The City of Chicago, IL, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on creating opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses through public procurement.

Philadelphia Sees Construction Boom and Potential Boon to Minority-Owned Businesses

The City of Philadelphia, PA, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on increasing participation in large contract procurements.

Louisville Asks Whether Procurement Certification Can Open New Opportunities for Small and Minority-Owned Businesses

The City of Louisville, KY, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on creating an inclusive procurement certification process.

Newark Links Data with Efforts to Increase Local Contractors in City Procurements

The City of Newark, NJ, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on increasing participation in procurements through more effective use of data.

Los Angeles Making Inclusive Procurement Changes Permanent

The City of Los Angeles, CA, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on promoting inclusive contracting.

Memphis Pursues Procurement Reform to Boost Participation by Small and Minority-Owned Businesses

The City of Memphis, TN, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on lowering barriers to entry for small and minority-owned businesses.

Milwaukee Looks to "Money Ball" in Consolidating Procurement to be Inclusive

The City of Milwaukee, WI, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on consolidating public procurement for the benefit of small and minority-owned businesses.

Charlotte is Making Connections for the Benefit of Small and Minority-Owned Businesses

The City of Charlotte, NC, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on increasing spending with minority-owned businesses.

Leveraging the Buying Power of Cities

In the City Accelerator's new Cohort IV, cities will use innovation to increase procurement and economic opportunity.