As participants in the City Accelerator initiative, these four cities have created smart, successful programs to better serve their residents.
With a new training program and improved digital tools, the city is working to support its community of minority-owned enterprises.
The online retail giant's new relationship with public schools and agencies raises concerns that the company is cornering the marketplace and costing taxpayers more money.
We don't need more policy initiatives. We need to rethink our processes.
Charlotte, N.C., is using the sporting event as an opportunity to close the investment gaps between businesses owned by white women and people of color.
The city is strengthening local businesses by making its contracting process more inclusive and transparent.
The city is one of the most diverse in the nation. But not everyone has shared equally in its economic growth.
The teams involved in this year's City Accelerator program met recently to discuss how they could improve the representation of minority-owned businesses in government contracts.
The city hopes to involve minority firms in a big way -- but there are major hurdles it must first overcome.
The Windy City is ahead of most places when it comes to making improvements to the way it buys goods and services. But the city's biggest challenge still lies ahead.
Proponents of an approach known as Best Value Performance Information Procurement Systems say it could simplify government purchasing and deliver better results.
Performance-based contracting has been a best practice in big cities for years. Now some mid-sized municipalities are adopting the approach.
Just how much should race be taken into account in city purchasing?
Officials want to create more opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses.
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.
Building on reforms in places like Atlanta, five new cities are now working to make their procurement strategies more inclusive.
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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.
The City of Philadelphia, PA, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on increasing participation in large contract procurements.
The City of Louisville, KY, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on creating an inclusive procurement certification process.
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.
The City of Los Angeles, CA, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on promoting inclusive contracting.
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.
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.
The City of Charlotte, NC, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on increasing spending with minority-owned businesses.
In the City Accelerator's new Cohort IV, cities will use innovation to increase procurement and economic opportunity.