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File #: 191446    Version: 0
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 12/17/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/21/2020
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution relating to access to City contracting opportunities.
Sponsors: ALD. COGGS, ALD. STAMPER, ALD. PEREZ, ALD. LEWIS
Attachments: 1. Hearing Notice List
Number
191446

Version
ORIGINAL

Reference
190001

Sponsor
ALD. COGGS, STAMPER, PEREZ AND LEWIS

Title
Resolution relating to access to City contracting opportunities.

Analysis
This resolution directs the Commissioner of Public Works and the Office of Small Business Development to work collaboratively to increase access to City contracting opportunities, particularly in relation to educating small business owners on complying with City contracting application and paperwork requirements.

Body
Whereas, The 2020 Adopted Budget includes a Common Council-added footnote (Amendment 4) directing the Commissioner of Public Works and the Office of Small Business Development in the Department of Administration to create and execute workshops for contractors on best practices for how to complete paperwork needed for City contracting opportunities; and

Whereas, The Department of Public Works has on occasion experienced a shortage of contractors submitting bids for City contracting opportunities; and

Whereas, A shortage of or complete lack of competitive bids for Public Works contracts may increase the City’s project costs, lead to delays, and cause City departments to accept bids that do not fully satisfy the Department’s needs in order to move forward with projects; and

Whereas, A shortage of bids for City contracting opportunities may reflect the existence institutional barriers to contracting; and

Whereas, One institutional barrier may be the number and complexity of forms, applications and related paperwork that a contractor must complete and submit in order to be eligible to bid on a City contract; and

Whereas, Completing City contracting paperwork can be time-consuming, and may discourage otherwise-eligible contractors from submitting bids, while errors or incomplete paperwork may cause otherwise-competitive bids to be disregarded; and

Whereas, Satisfying the City’s contracting application and paperwork requirements may be particularly onerous for...

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