Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program
The Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program for the Children and Family Justice Center will increase the employment and job-training opportunities for veterans, women, and people of color. The program helps King County and the design-build team meet the following contracting and apprenticeship requirements and goals:
- Contract Requirements:
- 15% of total craft labor hours are to be performed by building apprentices
- 17% use of Small Contractors and Suppliers
- Voluntary Goals:
- 6% use of women-owned businesses
- 10% minority-owned businesses
The Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program Advisory Board that was approved by the King County Council in mid-2015 will help the contractor achieve these goals. Increasing the participation of these historically economically disadvantaged groups is important because, although unemployment in King County has dropped significantly in recent years, there are many communities that have not equally benefited from the region's growing economy.
"Economic opportunity is the first step in ensuring that people of color will not need to use the facilities that will be part of the Children and Family Justice Center," said Councilmember Larry Gossett, who represents Seattle's Central District.
The board, which began meeting in the summer of 2015, includes representatives from the building trades, construction industry, labor, community organizations and pre-apprenticeship training providers.
Apprenticeships and Small Contractor and Supplier (SCS) ReportsSummer 2016: Howard S. Wright Apprenticeships and Small Contractor and Supplier Report
EOEP Advisory Board Meeting Documents
December 3, 2015: Agenda, Meeting Summary Documents: UCLA Targeted Hire, WMBE Targeted Hire, Sound Transit Disparity Study, WSDOT DBE Program Disparity Study Final Report, Port of Seattle Disparity Study, NBCC Amicus - PLA, Increasing the Capacity of the Nation’s Small Disadvantaged Businesses
January 19, 2016: Agenda
EOEP Advisory Board
Program Operations Coordinator (Grants and Compliance) at Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Priority Hire Program Manager for the Port of Seattle