MWBE

MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS UTILIZATION

It is the policy of Schenectady County that Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) are afforded maximum opportunities to participate in the performance of contracts let by the County and its agencies.  The Schenectady County Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Plan is dedicated to ensuring that MBE and WBE qualifications are considered in awarding County contracts for public works and construction.  It is the policy of Schenectady County that contractors and subcontractors utilize minority and female labor in performance of County public works contracts, to the extent possible, as set forth herein.

Bid Specification Levels and Requirements
Bid specifications prepared by the Schenectady County Purchasing Department for  construction contracts in excess of $200,000 will be subject to Affirmative Action performance targets.
Some federally-assisted and/or state-assisted County projects may include workforce participation goals for minorities and females that differ from the County goals above.  In such cases Schenectady County will strive to reach the higher of the workforce participation goals. 

Bid specifications prepared by the Schenectady County Purchasing Department in excess of $200,000 also carry a requirement for utilization of apprenticeship programs as set forth in County Resolution.  The County encourages bidders to facilitate the participation of minority and female workforces in apprenticeship programs.  Bid specifications requiring apprenticeship requirements will be designated as such in the bid.

For plan purposes, state certified MBEs and WBEs are defined as those certified as such by the New York State Empire Development Agency (ESD). 

MBE and WBE participation information will be required prior to committing the County to award

Affirmative Action performance targets for County Funded Projects are:

5% of the dollar value of the contract will be awarded to state-certified MBEs

5% of the workforce participation on the project will be minority

5% of the dollar value of the contract will be awarded to state-certified WBEs

5% of the workforce participation on the project will be female