Minorities -- Employment -- Oregon -- Portland, Minorities -- Oregon -- Portland
As the movement for racial equity takes hold in Portland, Oregon, we look for examples of where the living conditions of communities of color are improving. One concrete initiative that many point to is the array of minority contracting efforts whereby minority-owned businesses are supported by various levels of government in ways that are entrenched in both policy and practice. This report looks at the most recent data on minority contracting, as well as minority hiring policies, research-based best practices and a case study of the Sellwood Bridge project and determines that much more can and should be done to create real equity for minority business owners and workers.
Chorpenning, M., Curry-Stevens, A., Schrock, G., and Lamb, N. (2015). Economic Equity in Communities of Color: The Effectiveness of Minority Contracting Initiatives. Portland, OR: Center to Advance Racial Equity, Portland State University.