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19 November 2020

A Procurement Path to Equity: Virtual Report Launch

Organisation: Open Contracting Partnership, Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. Location: 12PM EST

Local governments are big buyers. Here in the U.S., our state and city governments collectively spend 1.6 trillion dollars per year. But for too long, how and with whom our local governments spend their money has reinforced economic inequities in our country. Minority-owned small businesses have been historically locked out of opportunities to contract with governments, and the current crisis has disproportionately impacted these very enterprises. 

In our upcoming report, “A Procurement Path to Equity: Strategies for Government and the Business Ecosystem,” we collaborated with the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation and consulted 35 experts in our community to propose essential, game-changing solutions that could reshape our procurement systems.

We can’t wait to share the report with you soon, and we invite you to join us for our official launch event on November 19, 2020 at 12pm EST. In this conversation, we will take a deeper dive into how we can collectively break down systemic barriers to economic inclusion for minority-owned businesses.


  • Coreata R. Houser, Manager of Neighborhood Investment & Business Diversity at City of Birmingham 
  • Elizabeth Reynoso, Associate Director of Public Sector Innovation, Living Cities 
  • Jennifer Geiling, Deputy Director, Policy and Partnerships, Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, City of New York
  • Carl Brown, Executive Director, D.C. Small Business Development Center

Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST / 9:00AM – 10:00AM PST

Sign up here.

Region: North America

Audience: Government