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File #: 18-0319 CRA    Version: 1 Name:
Type: CRA Discussion Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/7/2019 In control: Community Redevelopment Agency
On agenda: 5/14/2019 Final action:
Title: DISCUSSION - keep it local + disparity studY RESEARCH
Attachments: 1. Agenda Cover Report, 2. Exhibit A - 110118 Disparity Study Research and Options, 3. Exhibit B - City of Delray Beach Ord 11-15, 4. Exhibit C - CAO Memo dated 6-5-14, 5. Exhibit D - Delray Beach Minority Vendor Program (PUR-15), 6. Exhibit E - Small Business Memorandum 102914r1
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TO: CRA Board of Commissioners
FROM: Joan K. Goodrich, Economic Development Director
THROUGH: Jeff Costello, CRA Executive Director
DATE: May 14, 2019

DISCUSSION - keep it local + disparity studY RESEARCH


Over the years, the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have explored various “Keep It Local” strategies designed to positively impact the community and the local economy through more local procurement of goods and services and by growing the number of local firms associated with public capital improvements and/or redevelopment projects.

In 2014, the Office of Economic Development (OED) published a report entitled “Growing Delray Beach’s Small Business Program and Approaches” after benchmarking and seeking best practices from more than 25 cities and counties in Florida and beyond. A key data point at that time revealed that 3% of the City’s spending ($1,809,802) in FY 2014 totaling $60,949,929 was with S/MWBE firms.

One of the ten recommendations made in the 2014 Small Business Program and Approaches report included the establishment of a new local business preference policy. While there was support for the new policy from the DDA, CRA and West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC), WARC also suggested that the City commission a Disparity Study and “tag on” to Palm Beach County’s 2014 Disparity Study.

While the City Commission did not allocate the estimated funding of $100,000 for the Disparity Study, it did rescind Administrative Policy PUR_15 Minority Vendor Program established in 1987 due to legalities and created a new Local Business Preference Policy on May 5, 2015 through Ordinance No. 11-15.

From there and during FY 2016, a cross-functional, internal City team entitled “Local Business - Local Jobs Action Team” was formed to develop actions “to increase local business participation and the creation of new jobs by creating public outreach and...

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