Reopening of State Trades Contracts Represents a Legislative Victory for Our Membership

 

NECA Boston Celebrates Past and Progress This Black History Month

 

February is Black History Month, and each year at this time, NECA Boston values the opportunity to recognize the contributions of African Americans to the Commonwealth and the construction industry. It’s also a chance to affirm our commitment to broadening opportunities for a greater diversity of contractors in the region.

 

This year, NECA Boston is happy to celebrate progress as well as history.

 

At this month’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, Governor Maura Healey, in partnership with the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), announced plans to reopen statewide vendor contracts to increase opportunities for diverse and small businesses. This effort also includes swearing in the state’s first Diverse and Small Business Advisory Board for the Supplier Diversity Office.

 

NECA Boston owns a solid piece of this victory. Our advocacy helped SDO and Operational Services Division (OSD), the state’s purchasing agency, identify and prioritize contracts to be reopened, which include the state’s Tradesperson Installation Repair and Maintenance Services contracts. TRDO1/03 will reopen in May 2024, followed by TRD02/04 in October.

 

And our engagement hasn’t stopped with these announced reopening dates. In the weeks and months leading up to these solicitations going live, NECA Boston is working with SDO and OSD on their outreach efforts and offering training opportunities for potential bidders. We will keep our membership informed of all updates and deadlines.

 

In principle and practice, NECA Boston wholly supports the governor’s pledge “to identify and remove barriers for diverse and small businesses.”

 

For more, check out the Healey administration’s press release and NECA Boston’s 2023 correspondence urging the reopening to the state’s trade contracts.