Commissioners adopt Community Benefits Bidding Program to increase investment in local economy

Commissioners adopt Community Benefits Bidding Program to increase investment in local economy
Posted on 10/20/2020

The Lane County Board of Commissioners adopted its first-ever Community Benefits Bidding Program (CBB). The CBB will require any County-led capital improvement projects with a budget of $1 million or more to prioritize contractors that provide living wages and significant local economic benefits.

 

The pilot CBB program will include the following:

  • Prequalifying both general contractors and subcontractors.
  • Health insurance pre-qualification will include "employer-paid full-family health coverage" for trade workers working on the project.
  • Require a "living wage" for trade workers working on the project.
  • Subcontracts that are $50k or less as set aside for Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) subcontractors, when there is such work and there are subcontractors available.
  • The apprenticeship requirement will be for contractors and subcontractors to be operating or participating in an Oregon and/or federally registered apprenticeship program.

 

The County will apply this program to a broad range of capital projects. The next capital project is the renovation of the new Parole and Probation building located at Four Corners.

 

“This is a big deal. Today Lane County commissioners unanimously approved a procurement framework prioritizing living wage jobs and full family health plans for employees of businesses the county contracts with, starting with large construction projects,” said Vice Chair Joe Berney. “We prioritized building and retrofitting low carbon emission county buildings and using solar energy. We prioritized spending more dollars locally creating more local jobs. I am proud to be part of this board, of this decision, and of the tremendous staff work it took. This is a good day.”

 

Discussion regarding a CCB began in December 2019 when the revised 2018-2021 Strategic Plan adopted by the Lane County Board of Commissioners first incorporated a Key Strategic Initiative to develop and implement a policy for community benefits in regard to capital projects.