Today, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signed a minority inclusion bill that will apply to County government contracts. The legislation mandates that certain percentages of County contracts related to construction, architecture and engineering projects go to minority- and women-owned businesses.
“The minority inclusion legislation follows the first-ever County disparity study that I commissioned in 2015,” County Executive Stenger said. “The findings from this landmark study are helping us establish a baseline from which to build a fair and equitable program for minority and women business enterprises, as well as businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled veterans.
“Providing more opportunities for minority, women and veteran contractors will increase competition, benefit County taxpayers and improve our economy.”
As outlined in the disparity study findings, the County Executive is in the process of hiring a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) who will lead and oversee all areas of diversity for the County, including implementing the disparity study’s recommendations.