Local governments are big buyers. Here in the U.S., our state and city governments collectively spend 1.6 trillion dollars per year. But for too long, how and with whom our local governments spend their money has reinforced economic inequities in our country. Minority-owned small businesses have been historically locked out of opportunities to contract with governments, and the current crisis has disproportionately impacted these very enterprises.
In this report, the Center for Urban Innovation collaborated with the Open Contracting Partnership and consulted 35 experts in our community to propose essential, game-changing solutions that could reshape our procurement systems.