Improving Procurement Processes to Promote Economic Equity

The implementation guide is designed to assist local governments to diagnose their challenges and identify solutions, drawing not only from the work of the City Accelerator, but also on the history of work conducted by trailblazers throughout the country.

Stealable Ideas: Learn More About What The Cities Did, and Why

Inclusive Procurement Works and We’re going to Help Scale It Up

A new inclusive procurement cohort creates opportunity for 10 cities to learn from trail blazers who came before

Equitable Contracting Delivers Impact

A new guide to equitable procurement allows cities to build on field-tested ideas.

Want to Build a Better Business Ecosystem? Do What This City Did.

Over the past decade, San Antonio has made a concerted effort to strengthen and grow its local business community.

A Conversation with Cities: Local Leaders and Business Owners on Harnessing a City’s Buying Power

When it comes to procurement spending, there is an opportunity to strengthen cities by connecting more effectively with their diverse business population.

How Memphis Revamped Its Procurement By Embracing Minority Businesses

The Tennessee city has worked to become more responsive to the needs of local minority businesses—and to help those firms grow.

As L.A. Tackles Procurement Reform, the Watchword is "With"

As a member of the City Accelerator program, the city of Los Angeles has made great strides in reaching out to its diverse local business community and helping those firms do more business with the city.

Watch: 4 Cities Talk About How They Innovated to Improve Equity

As participants in the City Accelerator initiative, these four cities have created smart, successful programs to better serve their residents.

How Charlotte, N.C., is Expanding Opportunities for Minority Businesses

With a new training program and improved digital tools, the city is working to support its community of minority-owned enterprises.

As Amazon Enters Government Purchasing Market, Signs of a Bad Deal Emerge

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.

6 Ways Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity for All

We don't need more policy initiatives. We need to rethink our processes.

With an NBA Assist, All-Star Host City Aims to Help Minority-Owned Businesses

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.

Through Procurement Reform, Chicago Is Bringing New Opportunities to Small and Minority-Owned Businesses

The city is strengthening local businesses by making its contracting process more inclusive and transparent.

How Milwaukee Plans to Help Minority Businesses by Rethinking City Contracting

The city is one of the most diverse in the nation. But not everyone has shared equally in its economic growth.

5 Ways Cities Can Use Their Purchasing Power to Support Minority-Owned Businesses

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.

As Los Angeles Overhauls Procurement, 2028 Olympics Will Provide Major Test

The city hopes to involve minority firms in a big way -- but there are major hurdles it must first overcome.

Chicago Confronts Procurement Reform and Finds the Hardest Part Still to Come

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.

Most Government Procurement Has Got It All Wrong, These Advocates Say

Proponents of an approach known as Best Value Performance Information Procurement Systems say it could simplify government purchasing and deliver better results.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leveraging the Buying Power of Cities

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