Procurement to Power the Local Economy

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Use procurement to power local businesses and innovation by 1) piloting a challenge-based procurement process focused on addressing challenges facing DC (e.g. traffic congestion, access to transit, affordable housing) modeled on Philadelphia’s FastFWD urban innovation accelerator; and 2) supporting development of a collaborative (spearheaded by CNHED) of vanguard anchor institutions interested in learning best practices for maximizing the local impact of their purchasing power.

Progress Updates: 

November 2019: DCAP’s Anchor Members have achieved $11+ million in new contracts with DC minority-owned businesses, helping create jobs and supporting wealth building for residents of color in DC. For example, at least 8 local, minority-owned businesses have had an opportunity to subcontract for the construction of Children’s National Health System’s Research and Innovation Campus at Walter Reed. DCAP has also established 14 priority procurement categories with upcoming contract opportunities over the next 6 months.

October 2019: DCAP and partners held a DCAP Information Session, attended by 70 targeted MBEs, to provide an exclusive overview of the initiative and how to be considered for upcoming opportunities.

May 2019: DCAP launched pilot of an MBE Qualification Service to identify, screen, and match qualified vendors with contract opportunities.

August 2018: DCAP: Completed procurement analysis reports for each anchor member, helping institutions understand their demand for goods and services, and utilized to prioritize target industry categories for greater prioritization of DC MBEs.

July 2018: DCAP: Completed DC MBE market analysis report, demonstrating the strong supply availability and capacity of minority-owned businesses across a diverse variety of industries in the District.

December 2017: DCAP: Kicked off anchor “action planning” with all five institutions to increase DC MBE procurement, and began conducting a baseline assessments to evaluate current practices/policies relevant to supplier diversity and to determine current DC MBE spending levels.

October 2017: DCAP: Developed and distributed a “Best Practices Compendium,” a searchable digital resource synthesizing 50+ specific internal policies and practices that advance supplier diversity, which will be used a resource for Anchor Members in their plan development. The compendium was informed by 32 interviews CNHED conducted, a review of 20 reports, and participation in 3 learning trips to gather specific successful internal changes that can be implemented at large anchor institutions.

September 2017: DCAP: Held a full-day Leadership Summit on Best Practices in Supplier Diversity, bringing together 50 anchor institution leaders, community partners, and peer institutions from other cities.

August 2017: DCAP: Received commitments from 5 founding DCAP anchor members – Georgetown University, George Washington University, BridgePoint Healthcare, Children’s National Health System, and Sibley Memorial Hospital – affirming leadership interest in improving their community economic impact in the District, while supporting business and strategic objectives, with first approach of increasing institution procurement with DC minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs).

  • Timeline: FY17-19
  • Leads and key partners:
    • Challenge-based procurement – Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office of Contracts and Procurement (OCP)
    • Anchors collaborative – Center for Neighborhoods, Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), DMPED, DLSBD
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: funding, business environment, DC identity and promotion