Boston: Inclusive Inter-Agency Procurement

The city of Boston is a finalist for this year’s City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities promote economic equity.
by The city of Boston | May 1, 2019 AT 10:00 AM
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The city of Boston is a finalist for this year's City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities promote economic equity.

You can help select this year's City Accelerator participants! Check out the cities' pitches, and then let us know which ones you think should be a part of this important program by giving them a star rating and leaving your comments below!

What is the city proposing?

Boston proposes launching an inter-agency Inclusive Procurement Council (“IPC”). The IPC would be tasked with developing and implementing specific procurement improvements- to draw on both policy and operation expertise, and would be open to outside entities such as anchor institutions.

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Khalid A. Mustafa - Wiseiye, Inc

On: 05-13-2019

Inclusive procurement is a serious challenge that needs to be addressed on a few critical levels within Boston. The process is not transparent or accessible for businesses searching to land contracts that will grow their business. We applaud the effort and support this effort to be a better city for minority businesses.

Marchaina Williams

On: 05-13-2019

A phenomenal program

Debra

On: 05-13-2019

This is what Boston needs, and it's a great opportunity to build economic justice. The City is under rapid development. Inclusive inter-agency collaboration and procurement is great opportunity for Boston. Mayor Walsh is working hard to build a foundation.

Christine Poff

On: 05-13-2019

Boston needs opportunities to work on this as inequity grows.

Meichelle Ferguson

On: 05-13-2019

We Believe

Joy

On: 05-11-2019

Great idea. The time is now.

Yvonne

On: 05-10-2019

Excellent

William Murrell

On: 05-10-2019

It is a well-intentioned idea that will not solve the problem, because you have used a better solution before in the City of Boston. A Quota Policy fixes the disparity. Because you had bad data or a lack of it, you lost the court case for legal quotas in minority procurement. .But you may be on the right track to get Better Data that will re-install a Legal QUOTA system with this? You must. If you don’t, then these ideas won’t improve the situation by more than a point or two. The idea you have proposed in this presentation is not a solution. A solution is the Quotas. But these are good ideas. Go for it Boston, until you get the data that will convince the courts that you know how to run a Legal Quota System that partitions procurements for minorities, Blacks and the underserved who ain’t getting contracts and orders today.

LISA TIMBERLAKE

On: 05-10-2019

Great concept

cheryl jarvi

On: 05-10-2019

This is necessary. I've been a highly qualified health care management consultant, certified for over 20 years by SWOMB and SDO... Yet I've never been able to get a contract. Many larger corporations such as architectural or engineering firms want me to join with them so they can say on their applications to the state and cities that they are partnering with a woman owned business... When asked, they cannot identify what I could do for them, the seem to just want "points" to score higher on their proposals. This has got to change. Thanks for this initiative. Hope its a winner.

Patricia Seitz

On: 05-10-2019

Great program and important for Boston, a city of new growth, parklands, housing, in many economically challenged communities. As a professor of Architecture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, we are presently partnering with the Dudley Square neighborhood in Dorchester to have our students develop community connections, attend meeting and now in their final weeks propose a housing project within its center that also acts as an urban economic and arts development proposal. We will continue to work with these diverse neighborhoods to provide these opportunities to our Bachelor and Master of Architecture students!

Karen M.

On: 05-10-2019

Great initiative and seems like a cost-effective way to streamline processes for better and more inclusive results!

Dr. Angela Paige Cook

On: 05-10-2019

Racism is a big problem in Boston this City Accelerator opportunity could help a lot to begin to address and heal those wounds and move the Boston toward wholeness.

Regina S.

On: 05-10-2019

I've gone through the City of Boston's Inclusive program and it's been a great opportunity to learn how to get City projects and get linked with different departments in the City to help lead you to opportunities in the City. I recommend any small business to partake in this great gift from the City of Boston and Mayor Walsh.

Arianne Waldron

On: 05-10-2019

Go Boston!

Joshua M

On: 05-09-2019

Let’s Do This Boston!!!!

Morgan

On: 05-09-2019

This is amazing! We need this! Go BOSTON!

Mari Ryan

On: 05-09-2019

As the owner of a small, woman owned business I welcome this initiative to promote economic equity. Go Boston!

Anonymous

On: 05-09-2019

This is so exciting and long overdue especially since we are experiencing economic development and growth!

Jane Obbagy

On: 05-09-2019

Wonderful news congratulations!

Thomas Plant

On: 05-09-2019

Boston growth is unprecedented and having a plan to increase minority owned and women owned businesses will provide an equitable future for these businesses to share in the development wealth that can be translated into jobs for city residents.

Anonymous

On: 05-09-2019

Thank you for focusing on developing opportunities for women and minority businesses.

Joseph Feaster Jr.

On: 05-09-2019

5 *****

Joseph Feaster Jr.

On: 05-09-2019

I am ready, willing and able to work with The Walsh Administration and the BPDA in implementing their city procurement proposal. I have been involved in similar programs for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the past.

Solmon Chowdhury

On: 05-09-2019

as a small business owner in the city its a great idea.

Sharniece Benders

On: 05-09-2019

I absolutely love this idea and concept! I am happy to see the City of Boston taking steps to be more inclusive as the City grows.

Lee Reinhold

On: 05-09-2019

Loved it, quite Engaging!

Rodney Singleton

On: 05-09-2019

Thinking we have a very long way to go, but am optimistic: https://www.baystatebanner.com/2019/05/08/few-city-contracts-going-to-minorities/

John Dunham

On: 05-09-2019

The hallmark of a great society is not in the strength of its sports teams nor in its finances and/or power, but rather in its ability to take care of its weak, under-served and elderly--GO BOSTON!

John Allison

On: 05-09-2019

So proud of the work the City of Boston does to promote inclusiveness and equity!

Anonymous

On: 05-09-2019

Let's promote more equity in procurement!

Kim G.

On: 05-09-2019

So proud to work for the City of Boston!!!

Bill Berggren

On: 05-09-2019

The City Of Boston is great to work with as an LGBT owned Business The city is right out there in support

John Dunham

On: 05-09-2019

The hallmark of a great society is not in the strength of its sports teams nor in its finances and/or power, but rather in its ability to take care of its weak, under-served and elderly--GO BOSTON!

Michele

On: 05-09-2019

We are experiencing a renaissance here in Boston, and we need to be "lifting all boats" and ensuring everyone is included and benefits. Go Boston!

Kelley Chunn

On: 05-09-2019

Good idea. Long overdue. Time will tell.

Haris Hardaway

On: 05-09-2019

Haris Hardaway - Progress is a beautiful thing in Boston. This is so exciting and to see so much commitment to our neighborhoods and helping minorities enter the economy as a part of the engine for the cities success is profound for Boston’s history. Please help us make this happen. I support this plan

Yasmin Chalisa

On: 05-09-2019

Way to go Boston!

Deb Stevens

On: 05-09-2019

Opportunity is ALWAYS A GREAT thing!!! We need folks to learn how to access their opportunities and be brave enough to open the door and step through.

Candace Sealey

On: 05-09-2019

Let's get it Boston! This work is needed.

Kris

On: 05-09-2019

Needs more meat. So much focus on construction but nothing about how it really works and how you plan to reach out.

Wendy Pease

On: 05-09-2019

Way to go Boston for focusing on this and putting together a great presentation. It's an area that needs attention. Thank you for participating!

Sheba Patrick

On: 05-09-2019

Awesome! Way to go Boston!

Anonymous

On: 05-08-2019

Boston needs an opportunity to make change this seems like a great move in the right direction!! I support 100%!!

H. Machuca

On: 05-08-2019

Love the idea!

Nadia Fenton

On: 05-07-2019

This work is much needed. I support it all the way!

Benjamin’s Losordo

On: 05-07-2019

Boston we can do it!

Katherine Elie

On: 05-07-2019

Boston all the way!

Ronald Elie

On: 05-07-2019

Let’s get it donde Boston!!

Carmen Plazas

On: 05-07-2019

Boston has what it takes to be part of this amazing initiative.

IvyDan Ta

On: 05-07-2019

AWESOME!!

Lisa Slavin

On: 05-07-2019

BOSTON STRONG!!

Steve Gilman

On: 05-07-2019

This will help us continue the important work of procurement for the City of Boston.

Vargas

On: 05-07-2019

Go Boston

Alkia Powell

On: 05-06-2019

Yes! Everyone will feel included with the IPC in place! Go Team!!

Bea

On: 05-06-2019

Boston City Strong - Tightening the gap on Procurement!

Anonymous

On: 05-06-2019

Now's the time--Go Boston!

Peter Lin-Marcus

On: 05-06-2019

With effective implementation and inclusion of best practices such as Toyota and Honda purchasing systems which involve deep supplier partnerships it will be transformative for Boston's women and minority entrepreneurs. Tried to rate 5 stars but starrs didnt show on screen.

Matt Brewster

On: 05-06-2019

Great presentation. I love the idea of certifying ahead of procurement opportunities.

Peter Lin-Marcus

On: 05-06-2019

With effective implementation and inclusion of best practices such as Toyota and Honda purchasing systems which involve deep supplier partnerships it will be transformative for Boston's women and minority entrepreneurs.

Steven Rumpler

On: 05-06-2019

Boston's doing amazing work in this area of economic development.

Mike Simpson

On: 05-06-2019

Great presentation addressing the issue

Samantha Simpson

On: 05-06-2019

A++

Jordan Simpson

On: 05-06-2019

Boston has my support

Thien Simpson

On: 05-06-2019

Go Boston

Donna Delowery

On: 05-06-2019

Looks like a really great opportunity for the City of Boston

Ken Patrick

On: 05-06-2019

Super exciting

Katie O’Neil

On: 05-06-2019

Awesome work

Kellan O’Neil

On: 05-06-2019

So excited about this amazing proposal for the City of Boston!

Riley O'Neil

On: 05-06-2019

Phenomenal job, Boston!

Emily Patrick

On: 05-06-2019

This is awesome!!!

Deeqo Jibril

On: 05-06-2019

Great job, Boston!!!!!

Thomas M. McDonough

On: 05-06-2019

No longer anonymous quote: "Great presentation! Looking forward to continuing to expand on this effort here in the country's best City...Boston!"

Anonymous

On: 05-06-2019

Great presentation! Looking forward to continuing to expand on this effort here in the country's best City...Boston!

Jessica DaSilva

On: 05-06-2019

Great job on addressing the issue and tackling it head on!

Anonymous

On: 05-06-2019

Boston is

Richard Sabourin

On: 05-06-2019

Simply put all Around solid proposal and better than the rest

Pamela Ruffo

On: 05-02-2019

It was a great presentation with great ideas to continue to provide economcial development in the city that will include MWBE business.

Sheryce Hearns

On: 05-02-2019

Let's go Boston its our time!!!

Laura Melle

On: 05-01-2019

So excited for this opportunity!