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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Management & Finance

Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services

Phone: 503-823-5288

Fax: 503-823-5384

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Rm 1040, Portland, OR 97204

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Community Opportunities and Enhancements Program

Community Opportunities and Enhancements Program

In recognizing the historic disparities that have prevented equity and diversity in contracting opportunities for underrepresented communities and women in the construction industry. Resolution No. 37331 (November 2017), directed the Office Of Management & Finance and the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) to develop a new Citywide ongoing Community Opportunities and Enhancements Program (COEP) and a funding plan.

Commitment to using Portland's public development projects to address this inequity has led to the identification of strategies and resources that will support the ability of the disabled, minority, woman-owned, emerging small businesses, and service-disabled veteran business enterprises (D/M/ESB/SDVBE), and those who have undertaken the Oregon State COBID certification to successfully participate in public contracting. 

The Council has charged the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services (BRFS) to collect one percent of the hard construction costs on all public improvement contracts executed at the City of Portland.  The COEP is a collaborative, multi-bureau initiative with City Council, OEHR, bureau directors, construction project managers, and finance staff throughout the City.

The COEP is one of several social equity contracting initiatives that target increasing workforce development and increasing access to City contracts for D/M/ESB and COBID certified contractors.  All public construction projects at the City of Portland over $25 million will use the Community Benefit Agreement (CBA). The Community Equity and Inclusion Plan (CEIP) will be used for projects of $10 Million to $25 million. These agreements establish the standards for increased workforce diversity.

Actively Building a Community Opportunities and Enhancements program.

The Community Equity and Inclusion Committee has been selected!

The CEIC will be the review body for compliance and equity efforts of contractors and subcontractors utilizing the CEIP. The CEIC also review the slate of planned public construction projects to assist with forecasting workforce and business needs to meet construction project goals.

Next meeting: Tuesday, February 4, 2020       11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1618 SW First St, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97201

The Community Equity and Inclusion Committee Members are:

Connie Ashbrook                               Fay Burch

Michael Burch                                    Gil Carreon

Art Cortez                                           Herb Fricke

Jen Grey O'Conner                            Aiden Gronauer

Kelly Haines                                       Kelly Kupcak

Tyrone Henry                                      Bernice Lopez Dorsey

Janice Mason                                     Tom Pearson

Maurice Rahming                               Sydney Schilling

Intergovernmental Agreement nearing completion!

At the direction of the Mayor, the City is working closely with Prosper Portland and Worksystems.org to deliver the technical assistance and workforce program.  This requires an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Portland and Prosper Portland identifying how the work will be accomplished and what the roles, responsibilities, and administrative costs will be. It is anticipated to be voted on by council in January 15, 2020.

Prosper Portland's stakeholder engagement process will begin immediately to develop and gather feedback on program design. After a transparent process, Prosper Portland will launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select service providers who can deliver business technical assistance to local underrepresented construction firms. Prosper Portland will coordinate with Worksystems, Inc. on the development of workforce programming to train and employ underrepresented workers. We currently anticipate that the formal RFP process will begin in spring 2020.

City Code is under development…

Collecting one-percent (1%) of public development projects will require the Council to adopt a "City code". The code will establish which fees will be applied to which public development projects. When adopted by the Council, the code will become part of the City Charter, the City Charter contains all the regulatory and administrative ordinances for the City of Portland.

Administrative Rules are under development…

Administrative Rules accompany the code and spell out the activities and actions that will achieve the directive of the code. Detailing how funds will be calculated, managed, monitored, and dispersed, the rules will provide specific guidance.

When will the COEP be up and running?

Council adoption of the code, the Administrative Rules, and the IGA is planned for December 2019.

Community Opportunities and Enhancements Program Manager

Cathy Sherick joined the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services August 5, 2019 and is working quickly to get the Community Opportunities and Enhancements Program (COEP) up and running. As part of the Procurement Services Division, Cathy will be working with the equity team on the contracting social equity initiatives.  

Cathy can be reached at  Cathy.Sherick@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-6866