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Where Water Matters FY 2015 Small Local and Minority Business Enterprise Program Performance Results Executive Summary Diversity...just the way we do business During the past decade WSSC has awarded over 1 billion to Small Local and Minority Business Enterprise SLMBE firms. Our mandate each year is to determine and implement new strategies to improve this record. We recognize that SLMBE firms help provide ideas and perspectives reflective of the diverse marketplace and community in which we serve. WSSCs SLMBE Program has created many win-win solutions for WSSC and our 1.8 million residents to whom we proudly provide water and sewer services. MBE Program WSSC continues its commitment to the success of SLMBE firms. The Minority Business Enterprise Program MBE is mandated to lower barriers to contracting opportunities for MBE primes and subcontractors. In doing so WSSC effectively levels the competitive field for MBEs WBEs and small and local businesses in Montgomery and Prince Georges counties and the surrounding metropolitan area. This report will describe the accomplishments of WSSCs supplier diversity initiatives in FY 2015. WSSCs MBE Program was codified in WSSC Standard Procedure SP MBE 11-01. The stat- utory foundation for SP MBE 11-01 was reau- thorized by the General Assembly in 2012 and will expire on July 1 2017 unless renewed. SP MBE 11-01 which in accordance with applicable law is a narrowly-tailored program facilitates participation of responsible MBEs in all types of WSSC contracting and provides in limited circumstances for race-conscious remedies consistent with the results of WSSCs 2010 Disparity Study. The results conveyed in this brochure highlight the success WSSC has achieved since implementing SP MBE 11-01 and a companion program SP SLBE 12-01 which assists small businesses located in Montgomery County and Prince Georges County to participate in WSSC contracting. These policy changes led to new contract requirements and have impacted results for awards and ultimately payments. The cornerstone of the MBE Program and key performance measure is the dollar value of contract payments made to MWBEs.1 In alignment with the goals of the MBE Program WSSC continues to implement strategies to support increasing contract payments to MWBEs each fiscal year based on the 2010 Disparity Study. MWBE Total Contract Payments In FY 2015 WSSC spent 134.4 million 25 in total contract payments to MWBEs Figure 1 as compared to 99.9 million 20 in payments made in FY 2014 Figure 2. This represents a 34.5 increase in payments made to our ever-growing supplier base in the MWBE vendor community. 1 The abbreviation MWBE includes women-owned business enterprises WBEs as well as minority-owned firms that have obtained MBE certification as provided in SP MBE 11-01 Figure 1 FY 2015 MWBE Contract Payments Figure 2 FY 2014 MWBE Contract Payments 25 75 20 80 MWBE 134409006 MWBE 99965605 Majority 408331009 Majority 391394729 MWBE Total Contract Awards In FY 2015 WSSC awarded 187.9 million 28 in contracts to MWBE firms Figure 3 as compared to 228.6 million 23 in FY 2014. Fewer contract dollars were awarded to MWBEs in FY 2015 as WSSCs total contract award dollars declined by 300 million to 674.3 million relative to FY 2014 Figure 4. However the proportion of MWBE award dollars increased by 5 in FY 2015. Thus even in a year when WSSCs overall contract award dollars declined our MBE Program helped MWBEs to increase their participation percentage through WSSCs concerted effort to stimulate competitive sourcing of MWBEs. SLBE Program WSSCS Signature Program As a race and gender neutral program WSSCs signature SLBE Program continues to demonstrate value to our local economy. Spending with SLBE firms increased again in FY 2015. The total contract payments made to SLBE Figure 3 FY 2015 MWBE Contract Awards Figure 4 FY 2014 MWBE Contract Awards 28 72 23 77 MWBE 187869377 MWBE 228579268 Majority 486419520 Majority 745802881 Total Awards 674288897 Total Awards 974382149 firms inclusive of prime contractors and validated payments of sub-contractors in FY 2015 was 22 million a 3.8 million increase compared to FY 2014 SLBE contract payments of 18.2 million. SLMBE Outreach The SLMBE Office continues to cultivate and expand relationships with the business community and professional and trade organizations. Our vigorous outreach efforts to educate and enlist new suppliers include Active participation on leadership boards and committees of supplier diversity organizations 738 new suppliers registered in WSSCs Centralized Bidder Registration CBR system as of June 30 2015 and 60 internal and external outreach events such as businessprocurement fairs tradeshows and business matchmaking and networking events to link the SLMBE Program to the wider business community. WSSCs performance in FY 2015 and our goals for the current fiscal year demonstrate our commitment to the success of the SLM- BE Programs and the community that WSSC continually serves. Want to read the full Performance Results Report httpswww.wsscwater.comlegreport Thank you for visiting our website and helping us stay green. Diversity...just the way we do business Register to Do Business Today Its Free Visit the WSSC Supplier Portal at www.wsscwater.comsupplier Get more information about the SLMBE Programs at www.wsscwater.comSLMBE Please contact us at for more information Come Grow With Us supplierdiversity