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CCC Surpasses Minority-Owned Business Hiring Goals, Is Recognized for Commitment to Diversity

6/28/2013 12:00 AM

CHICAGO – City Colleges of Chicago announced that it is on track – for the second straight year – to surpass its minority-owned business (MBE) hiring goal by nearly 50%. As of the end of the third quarter, City Colleges spent $15.7 million with 65 MBE firms, equating to 37 percent out of a goal of 25 percent of total qualified spending.

“We are committed to ensuring quality firms have a fair shot to compete for City Colleges’ business while delivering the highest quality services in the most efficient manner to benefit our students, faculty, staff and Chicago taxpayers alike,” said Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman.          

Since the launch of Reinvention​, City Colleges has significantly increased the number of MBE firms with which it does business.  In fiscal year 2011, it contracted with 29 MBE firms; in fiscal year 2012, the number rose to 69. The number of women-owned businesses (WBE) firms rose from 20 to 57 over the same period, and through the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013 it has risen to 75. During fiscal year 2012, City Colleges spent $22.6 million with 69 MBEs, representing 37 percent of all eligible procurement spending. Final figures for FY2013 will be available in early fall.          

With this record, City Colleges is exceeding its own MBE Plan, which ensures that certified MBEs have opportunities to participate in CCC contracts for commodities, professional services, technology, and construction. The Plan, detailed here, includes an annual MBE procurement spending goal of 25 percent. City Colleges has reached or surpassed that goal in each of the last five years.         

In April 2013, City Colleges contracted with Moody Nolan, the nation’s largest African-American owned architectural firm, to serve as the architect of record for the new $251 million Malcolm X College campus project. Because of this contract, Moody Nolan will expand its two-year-old Chicago office from 9 to 14 staff and become the largest African-American owned architectural firm in Chicago. Eighty percent of the firm’s fee will be spent in Chicago.            

City Colleges’ commitment to diversity in hiring has earned it the James C. Tyree Visionary Award from Chicago United for its “pioneering participation” in the Five Forward Initiative program, which aims to create local jobs through corporate expenditures with area minority-owned businesses (MBEs). City Colleges exceeded the 2012 Five Forward MBE spending goal, buying through minority firms more than five times the amount of goods and services required by the program.         

City Colleges first adopted a Minority & Women Business Enterprise Participation Plan in 1993 to remedy the effects of historical discrimination while the minimizing impact on non-MBE and non-WBE businesses.       

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