AGC's Salsgiver takes narrow view of DBE participation on public projects

It was disappointing to read Mike Salsgiver's recent opinion piece in the Daily Journal of Commerce and see Oregon's executive director of the Associated General Contractors take such a narrow view of the inclusion of minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses in public construction projects. As a leading regional voice in our industry, Mr. Salsgiver has an important role to play in stimulating DBE participation on these projects. I'd like to see him do a better job. When Mr. Salsgiver says that "creating a strong, fair and effective program remains a challenge for all involved, mostly due to underperformance," it is unclear if he's referring to the underperformance of the r

How should PDC spend $32M for economic development on Interstate Corridor URA?

How should the PDC spend $32 million for economic development in the Interstate Corridor URA? Your input and thoughts are needed. The goal of the N/NE Community Development Initiative Draft Action Plan is to foster economic prosperity among African Americans and people of color by participating in, benefiting from and contributing to local, regional and global economies. This plan will guide how we invest the remaining $32 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) resources for economic development in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (URA). Download the draft action plan here or the summary here. Proposed investments include: Foster multi-generational wealth creation ($19M) Create

Risks in managing the city’s workforce identified by auditors

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Human Resources needs to focus on six areas to better serve the public and its 8,000 regular and seasonal employees, according to an audit released today by City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. Primary takeaways for city management to focus on include: Responsibilities for personnel are split between individual bureaus and the Bureau of Human Resources Recruitment is time-consuming The city’s workforce is not as diverse as Portland’s population Rising employee benefit costs are a financial risk Staff turnover rates and reasons for leaving are unknown Senior managers of bureaus are outside the Civil Service system You can download a PDF copy of the report here.

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