At our core, WSSC is an organization that celebrates and promotes diversity and equity at every level of our organization. From our employee-driven Diversity Committee devoted to creating an atmosphere of inclusion, to our extensive efforts to promote supplier diversity and entrepreneurship through contracting opportunities, we live by our slogan: Diversity… just the way we do business! And business in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 was very good for the small, local and minority-owned (SLBE and MBE) firms who work closely with us to provide safe, clean water to our 1.8 million customers. It is my honor to present our FY 2017 Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion’s (OSDI) Program Performance Results Report. Within these pages, we detail our commitment to creating family- supporting jobs through strategic investments in our water and wastewater infrastructure. As a result of our efforts, I am pleased to report that WSSC awarded contracts to 64 new firms last fiscal year with total contract awards of more than $14 million. In total, WSSC made $156.9 million in contract payments to minority- and women-owned firms in Fiscal Year 2017 ($42 million more than in Fiscal Year 2016). Total contract payments of $56.2 million were made to small, local firms in Fiscal Year 2017 ($25.2 million more than in Fiscal Year 2016). Last fiscal year also marked the launch of our Business Investment and Growth Program, which is making a big difference in the communities we serve. WSSC is depositing $12 million in participating community banks, and those deposits are leveraged two to one, creating $24 million in available funding for loans to local businesses. Not only are these investments helping to generate jobs, but they also provide WSSC with a competitive rate of return on our deposits. Access to needed capital helps local businesses succeed, which in turn helps our local economy succeed. The future continues to look bright for businesses working with WSSC to fulfill our clean water mission. Over the next six years (FY 2019-FY 2024), we plan to invest more than $2 billion in capital projects designed to enhance operations and customer service by replacing aging infrastructure. This significant level of investment will create and sustain thousands of local jobs and generate a positive economic impact for Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. WSSC’s vision is to become THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap. It is a vision we will achieve in large part through our commitment to diversity. Diversity isn’t just about strength in numbers, it’s also about strength of people. And with the strength of WSSC employees and programs, our vision will be realized. Carla A. Reid General Manager/CEO A LETTER FROM  THE GENERAL MANAGER/CEO WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report (revised 11/2017) 3