Rochester, New York — June 17, 2014. The County Legislature has passed a bill sponsored by Legislator John Lightfoot (D-Rochester) to increase the participation levels for minority and women owned businesses working on county contracts. The revised levels would require that 12% of county construction contracts go to minority owned businesses and 3% to women owned businesses. The previous goals were 10% and 2%, respectively. The proposal was unanimously adopted at the June 10 meeting of the legislature.
“These revised goals will help ensure folks in our community benefit from contracts being awarded by the county,” Legislator John Lightfoot said. “While the existing goals were certainly a step in the right direction, I am very pleased that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle were able to recognize the economic development potential of this proposal and joined with me to make sure it became a reality.”
“It is critically important that elected officials do all they can to ensure a vibrant economy and steady job growth,” Democratic Leader Carrie Andrews said. “By enacting these revised goals, we’re making a statement that creating a vibrant economy requires that no one is left behind. I’m proud to join my colleagues to level the playing field for minority and women owned businesses when they seek work with the county.”
The legislation also requires the County Executive to file a report with the legislature before April 1of each year detailing the actual participation statistics for the preceding year. The County’s Department of Environmental Services estimated that nearly $1 million additional dollars would have been available to minority and women owned businesses if these goals were applied to last year’s Capital Improvement Program.