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The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee announced Thursday it exceeded its diversity goal for contractors.
Earlier this year, organizers set a one-third diverse contracting goal. But organizers say they actually achieved an unprecedented 47% utilization of diverse vendors.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx,
Co-chair of the Host Committee stated, "Our unprecedented effort to include diverse businesses
in meaningful work shattered any previous convention records. This event
certainly sets a new bar and a best practice not only for large-scale events in
Charlotte but also similar activities elsewhere around the United States."
In March, 2012, the Host
Committee along with the Democratic National Convention Committee announced a
diversity contracting policy to increase the participation of diverse
The policy stated that at least one third of aggregate dollars
would be spent with minority owned businesses, women owned businesses, disabled
owned business, LGBT owned businesses and veteran owned businesses.
In order to accomplish the
goal, dedicated staff was hired to administer a procurement planning process
1. Identify prospective
businesses via an online vendor directory
2. Engage participation via
strategic sourcing and online request for proposals
3. Conduct targeted outreach
with diverse businesses and trade industry associations
4. Capture and monitor
subcontracted dollars from prime vendors
5. Measure and track diverse
Aggregate dollars was
calculated based on data provided by New American City and Committee for
Charlotte cumulative expenditures less non-discretionary expenses such as
payroll, taxes, fees, reimbursements, and insurance.
Subcontracted dollars with
diverse firms in large categories such as (but not limited to) construction,
production, and transportation were also included.
Further analysis shows:
• Minority vendor utilization
comprised 22 percent of the discretionary total, including 19% with African-American-owned
• Women-owned vendors comprised
24 percent of the total and LGBT firms made up 3 percent.
• Local businesses accounted
for 31 percent of utilization.
Murrey, Host Committee CEO, stated "The Committee was dedicated to diversity
and inclusion from the day Charlotte won the bid to host the Convention. I am
proud that we surpassed the goal and took major steps to further strengthen our
community's commitment to shared prosperity for all."