CHICAGO – City Colleges of Chicago announced
that it is on track – for the second straight year – to surpass its minority-owned
business (MBE) hiring goal by nearly 50%. As of the end of the third quarter, City
Colleges spent $15.7 million with 65 MBE firms, equating to 37 percent out of a
goal of 25 percent of total qualified spending.
committed to ensuring quality firms have a fair shot to compete for City
Colleges’ business while delivering the highest quality services in the most
efficient manner to benefit our students, faculty, staff and Chicago taxpayers
alike,” said Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman.
Since the launch of Reinvention
, City Colleges has
significantly increased the number of MBE firms with which it does
business. In fiscal year 2011, it
contracted with 29 MBE firms; in fiscal year 2012, the number rose to 69. The
number of women-owned businesses (WBE) firms rose from 20 to 57 over the same
period, and through the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013 it has risen
to 75. During fiscal year
2012, City Colleges spent $22.6 million with 69 MBEs, representing 37 percent
of all eligible procurement spending. Final figures for FY2013 will be available
in early fall.
With this record, City Colleges is exceeding its own MBE Plan, which ensures that certified MBEs
have opportunities to participate in CCC contracts for commodities,
professional services, technology, and construction. The Plan, detailed here
includes an annual MBE procurement spending goal of 25 percent. City Colleges
has reached or surpassed that goal in each of the last five years.
In April 2013, City Colleges contracted with Moody Nolan, the nation’s largest
African-American owned architectural firm, to serve as the architect of record
for the new $251 million Malcolm X College campus project. Because of this
contract, Moody Nolan will expand
its two-year-old Chicago office from 9 to 14 staff and become the largest
African-American owned architectural firm in Chicago. Eighty percent of the
firm’s fee will be spent in Chicago.
Colleges’ commitment to diversity in hiring has earned it the James C. Tyree
Visionary Award from Chicago United
for its “pioneering participation” in the
Five Forward Initiative program, which aims to create local jobs through corporate
expenditures with area minority-owned businesses (MBEs). City
Colleges exceeded the 2012 Five Forward MBE spending goal, buying through
minority firms more than five times the amount of goods and services required
by the program.
City Colleges first adopted a Minority & Women Business
Enterprise Participation Plan in 1993 to remedy the effects of historical
discrimination while the minimizing impact on non-MBE and non-WBE businesses.