Metro Seeks Proposals For Consultant To Increase Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Participation

CINCINNATI –Metro is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop a supplier diversity improvement plan.  The consultant will assist Metro in developing outreach and inclusion strategies to achieve a higher level of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in Metro's procurement process.  This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for the development of the plan only, not for services associated with implementing the plan.

CINCINNATI –Metro is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop a supplier diversity improvement plan.  The consultant will assist Metro in developing outreach and inclusion strategies to achieve a higher level of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in Metro's procurement process.  This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for the development of the plan only, not for services associated with implementing the plan.

"Minority, small and women-owned businesses are an integral part of our community and our local economy," said Sean Rugless, chairman of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board (which operates Metro) and President of the African-American Chamber of Commerce.  "Metro accepts the challenge of increasing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contracting and procurement opportunities through outreach, opportunity, and inclusion."

"We applaud Metro's leadership in seeking to increase participation by DBEs and are eager to be involved in this important initiative," said Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA Board President Alfonso Cornejo.  "Economic inclusion is imperative if we as a community want to grow and succeed."

The African-American Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber will support Metro's outreach initiative to identify DBEs and encourage broad participation.

Metro's supplier diversity improvement plan will serve as the basis for all of Metro's procurements in encouraging, tracking, and monitoring procurement activity among disadvantaged business segments.

The plan will establish direction for all of Metro's procurements and should include:

  • How to build a diverse supplier pipeline
  • How to identify and target quality suppliers
  • Methods of certifying suppliers without involvement of Metro staff
  • Creative outreach strategies
  • Communication and outreach plan
  • Methods to monitor the process and progress in leveraging diverse suppliers

The consultant will also serve as advisor to ensure that best practices of inclusion are integrated into the design of the program, that there is compliance with regulatory guidelines from our funding agencies, and that internal tools and capabilities accurately track procurement activities for targeted business segments.

Proposals are due no later than April 18, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST.  For more information or a copy of the RFP, call Darryl Haley, Metro's DBE Liaison Officer, at (513) 632-7690 or e-mail him at dhaley@go-metro.com.

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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