Delaware County Council Passes Resolution Setting Diversity Goals in Public Works Contracts

Release: June 23, 2022

The Delaware County Board voted unanimously on June 15 to approve a formal resolution that sets goals for increased diversity in public works contracts undertaken by Delaware County.

Resolution 2022-3, “Resolution Regarding Diversity Goals in Public Works Contracts,” sets several goals to help ensure that contractors make a good faith effort to have at least a 10% participation rate of local, minority and female residents in their workforce. , and that contractors make good faith efforts to use local small businesses and minority, veteran and women-owned businesses on county-awarded projects.

The resolution defines a “good faith effort” to include hosting a public job fair prior to the start of a project, posting available employment opportunities with the Delaware County Workforce Development Board and its PACareerLink offices, and the provision of employment and training services. , advertises job openings in a newspaper with wide circulation across Delaware County and on the Internet.

The resolution also directs County Executive Director Howard Lazarus to take steps to obtain a study of public works contract disparities in the affected county to assess the diversity of contractors, to help determine whether to further action by the county council may be required in the future. to help ensure an increase in the diversity of contractors doing business with the county.

“The county would like to expand its network and allow for greater participation in county projects from businesses across the county,” said Delaware County Council Chairperson Dr. Monica Taylor. “We want to support and include women-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses and help our community members gain jobs and contracts in the county.”

According to the county code, the resolution took effect upon its passage, and the county will begin implementing its provisions by soliciting and awarding covered public works contracts.

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