In a community-wide volunteer effort, the National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon has put together a million dollar plan to remodel the historic Billy Webb Elks Lodge on Tillamook Street in Northeast Portland…
The Elks club is easy to miss driving north on the way to the new condominiums and businesses a few blocks up Williams Avenue. There’s little indication that the run-down building at 6 N. Tillamook
St. still serves as a social club and meeting space for North Portland’s black community…
James Faison, owner of Faison Construction, is one of five small minority and women-owned firms that are learning the details of hospital construction with large firms. The mentorship program is being coordinated by Kaiser Permanente for work on their new and old facilities.
Building hospitals can be tricky business. It’s a specialized profession and if you’re the owner of a construction company that doesn’t have a hospital work history, you can virtually forget about getting those kinds of contracts. ….
The $2 million renovation of the Billy Webb Elks Lodge is complete, and festivities marking the achievement are Tuesday, June 23, from 3 – 7 p.m. at the lodge, 6 North Tillamook St.
The public is invited to a walkthrough of the completed facility, and to enjoy a wine and cheese tasting catered by Pans Pots and Skillets, with valet parking and music…
Despite good-faith efforts of the past 25 years, the city of Portland says it is still inconsistent in its efforts to include minorities in its contractor evaluation and selection processes.
That’s why Portland City Council next week will vote whether to approve a resolution submitted by Commissioner Randy Leonard that would require the inclusion of at least one minority evaluator on all
panels that review and award city contracts not based on low bids….
A Federal Highway Administration investigation has determined that three Oregon contracting firms worked together to exploit a federal minority contracting program, and the Oregon Department of Transportation never noticed…
The Oregon Department of Transportation has been stung by a landmark ruling by the Federal Highway Administration Office of Civil Rights that found cheating on minority contracting numbers at a Highway 217 construction project….
Anyone in Oregon can have a firm certified as minority-owned, woman-owned or an emerging
small business without fear of being exposed as a fraud.
Since 1987, the state has certified more than 8,000 businesses as MWESBs. However, no one is monitoring whether they are following state regulations after they qualify for that status, which gives them preference for government contracts. That’s because neither the state nor public project owners such as the city of Portland believe they are responsible for that task…
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