Carol Moseley Braun Announces Plans For Minority Contracting Improvements

 

 

FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Renee
Ferguson

Sunday,
December 19, 2010

312-848-4432

 

 

CAROL
MOSELEY BRAUN ANNOUNCES

PLANS FOR
IMPROVING ALLOCATION OF

CONTRACTS
TO MINORITY-  AND WOMEN-

OWNED
BUSINESSES





December
19, 2010 -- Chicago mayoral candidate, Senator Carol Moseley Braun, today
announced what she will do to improve the process of allocating city contracts
to minority- and women-owned businesses. 
Standing with her at the Bronzeville campaign headquarters were
representatives of minority and women business owners from across the
city. 

 

"I
want to point out that this is a matter of grave importance, not only to those
of us who are African-American, or who are women, or who might be Hispanic or
Asian or Native American, or East Asian," Senator Moseley Braun said,  "but to the community as a whole.  This issue goes to the heart of defining our
community as one of inclusion and diversity, or exclusion and cabals."

 

As
mayor, Senator Moseley Braun said she would make the following improvements in
the process of allocating contracts:

 

-
Demand enforcement of the regulations in place to insure compliance

 

-
Work to improve access to capital by encouraging not only banks but venture
capitalists to invest here at home instead of in New York and California

 

-
Unbundle contracts so the hidden opportunities that minorities and women can
compete for are clear

 

-
Provide greater technical assistance to those who wish to participate in the
certification and bidding process.

 

-
Hold all those awarded major contracts accountable for bringing more minorities
and women into their companies as sub contractors

 

-
Ask major contractors to help women and minority companies with capital and
bonding

 

-
Work to ensure that in-state contractors get priority so that we stop sending
our hard earned tax dollars to out-of-state workers

 

-
Create transparency in the allocation of contracts by putting more of the
process online and appoint an auditing team to look at every department to find
out where the money is going and who it is going to

 

-
Make compliance with the law in this area a condition of performance evaluation
for every department head.

 

Small
businesses create jobs in our neighborhoods. 
Small businesses grow our communities. 
I cannot help but wonder what innovation or new technology may have been
lost, all because a minority or women owned business was denied an opportunity
to compete.  Leadership in this area must
come from the top," Senator Moseley Braun said.

 

"As
mayor I will demand accountability. 
Upholding the law in procurement will be an absolute priority.  The program was a success when it began," she
continued  "and it can be a success
again.  I am committed to making it succeed.  And, in the words of the late John H.
Johnson, 'failure is not a word that I accept.' 
Nor is it a word that the people who stand with me today will accept."

 

Senator
Moseley Braun's Bronzeville headquarters is located in the historic Supreme Life
Insurance Building.  The location is
symbolically important because it is where Ebony and Jet magazine publisher
John H. Johnson was inspired to begin building what became the largest
African-American owned publishing company in the nation.

 

 

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