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Agenda Item - 2020-11-17 - Number 7. - K. Miller Comment Simpson, Anne-Marie From: Kate Miller <millerjkate@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:22 AM To: CityRecorder Cc: Kate Miller Subject: Comments for tonights meeting 11/17 Categories: Testimony Hello Lake Oswego City staff, I am requesting that this testimony be read and recorded at the meeting. My name is Kate Miller and I have specific comments for your consideration. The city has a commitment and is creating opportunities for inclusion 1)City Contracts are an opportunity to build upon. Capital projects such as the upcoming construction of a recreation facility should be leveraged. The Waste Water treatment facility is another example. Where ever there contracts to be let over than a certain dollar threshold of project expenditures there must be a review and integration of these strategic goals. This is because we are a community that supports diversity in small businesses. One important consideration; There must be a mandated "required" woman and minority participation level for all city contracts beginning July 2021. For example "This must be a required level of 20% to be effective." It has been proven that aspirational targets are not meaningful in moving the dial. There are qualified minority and women-owned businesses in the great Metro area. This will be significant in creating jobs; landscaping, sidewalks, painting, carpentry construction clean up. Design and construction-related trades are all willing to build these types of labor forces- there is a capacity. The best resources for this are the Oregon Dept of Commerce website. There are resources at METRO that we can use to develop contract language. This is a really important area where we can track our results. Ergo - there will be a before and after. We can compete in this world without an adverse economic impact. As a first step establish a schedule of please conduct an annual audit and create a transparent process with a list of upcoming projects. Identify those that have not been put out to bid and create a recommendation to integrate these goals into the final project requirements. Then create specific steps to implement. Thanks for listening to this testimony Kate Miller My residence 421 Middlecrest Rd Lake Oswego,Or 97034 Kate Miller LEED AP millerikate(a�gmail.com "'Hope' is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul -And sings the tunes without the words -And never stops - at all -" —Emily Dickinson 1