Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell has joined the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECM) in calling on the city government to increase contracting goals with minority-owned businesses. Campbell and BECM are calling for an increase of 7%, 14% and 20% in minority contracts over the next three years.
A report released by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that the number and value of contracts awarded to minority businesses in the last two decades has dropped. The report also found that out of the 13,000 services and construction contracts awarded by local and state agencies from 2008 to 2018, only 250 went to minority businesses.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has already issued an executive order to increase business opportunities for minority businesses but it did not increase the goals for minority participation in city contracts. Chief of Economic Development John Barros said they are working with the Supplier Diversity Advisory Council to find ways to increase the number of city contracts awarded to minority businesses. Campbell is also calling on the city government to host a symposium with officials of other cities to get their opinion on Boston’s procurement process and their advice on how to make it equitable.