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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2015

Procurement Can Be a Powerful Tool for Local Economies, but Takes More Than a Policy Change to Work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/procurement-more-than-a-policy-change/

The decision of which firm will get the food service contract at the City Hall cafeteria doesn’t always make it into the news, but local governments spend a lot of money. In towns, counties, and states everywhere, there are roads to be paved, lawyers to be hired, and office supplies to be purchased, and the rules set up to govern those contracts—procurement policies—hold significant potential for governments to grow their local economies. Continue reading

Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Phoenix

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-phoenix/

Phoenix is an example of a city that opted to start small. Rather than adopting a change in procurment policy, in 2012, the City of Phoenix altered its process for informal procurements—smaller contracts—instead. The city rolled out its Local Small Business Enterprise Program, which created a database to register small and local businesses. Further, the city said that LSBEs would get the first opportunity to submit quotes for all purchases of goods and services under $50,000. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — San Diego

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-san-diego/

Under the City of San Diego’s Small Local Business Enterprise Program, public works contracts valued at $1 million and above include a mandatory subcontractor participation requirement for certified SLBEs, contracts valued between $500,000 and $1 million have a 5 percent bid discount for SLBEs, and contracts valued between $250,000 and $500,000 are only open to certified SLBEs. Other forms of contracts, such as those for goods and services, contain similar elements. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Montgomery County, Md.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-montgomery-county-md/

In Montgomery County, Md., the Local Small Business Reserve Program designates certain solicitations only for LSBRP bidders, and aims to direct 20 percent of county contracts under $10 million to those firms. Under the program, “local” is defined as businesses that are either located only in the county, or businesses with locations both inside and outside of the county, but for which the county-based location accounts for over 50 percent of the total number of employees or over 50 percent of gross sales. The county has registered more than 1,220 local small businesses in its vendor system, and in 2012, it spent $83.7 million with LSBRP-certified businesses, or 16.7 percent of its total contract dollars. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Cleveland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-cleveland/

Cleveland has a variety of local procurement programs designed to drive contracting and purchasing to locally owned businesses. As a result of these developed policies, in 2014, the city spent 39 percent of its total $147 million in contracting with businesses that are either local and small, or local and minority- or female-owned. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2012

Exemptions/Exclusions Added to Atlanta Airport Info Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/atlanta-airport-exemptions-added/

The Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) Airport Pilot, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, works closely with the SFCI Team to bring sustainable operating practices to their operations, especially regarding food waste. In early 2012 the Atlanta Airport made a bold statement in the new concessionaire contract, the largest foodservice contract executed in North America. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Atlanta Airport Launches Compostable Foodservice Ware Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/atlanta-airport-launches-compostable-foodservice-ware-packet/

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) sends more than 19,000 tons of waste to Georgia landfills each year. Food scraps are the single largest component of HJAIA waste, making up about one-third of this tonnage. HJAIA has a goal to divert 50% of its waste from landfill disposal by 2015. Composting food waste is essential to reach this goal, and switching to compostable food packaging will enable successful food residuals recovery. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

King County, Washington – Compost Procurement

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/compost-procurement/king-county/

On a local level, King County, Washington, has one of the best environmental procurement programs in the country. King County Code (KCC) 10.16, CON 7-1-2-AEP mandates public agencies to purchase sustainable products and implement environmental strategies that meet specific stringent standards (see link below). The King County Environmental Purchasing Policy (EPP) was first implemented in… Continue reading