Embedding Equity Into Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects
Trillions of dollars will be spent over the next several years to fix our nation's aging infrastructure. These public and private investments offer a unique opportunity to advance equity and expand contracting opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and other disadvantaged businesses (MWDBEs).
On February 21, 2018, the Annie E. Casey Foundation hosted a webinar to examine strategies to expand inclusive procurement practices and position MWDBEs to compete for large-scale development projects.
The session was the latest in the Foundation's Community Matters series, which explores the complex issues surrounding community change — and the lessons Casey and others have learned from our work in neighborhoods around the country.
Representatives from the Emerald Cities Collaborative and PolicyLink shared recent research about projected investment opportunities across the public and private sectors, and engaged experts from the business community in a discussion about practical steps to help MWDBEs win these contracts.
Among many other recommendations, panelists advocated for more hands-on coaching opportunities to help MWDBEs increase their access to capital and the establishment of formal learning exchanges to share best practices across industry lines.