Denise Fairchild

SEIU & ECC Emergency Management


For the elderly and sick, caregivers are first responders

By Denise Fairchild, President/CEO Emerald Cities Collaborative; and Monica Russo, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, President of the SEIU Florida Healthcare Union

This time, it was a drill – at least for the elderly Floridians who evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian.  Next time, we may not be so fortunate. After decimating the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian stayed mostly offshore as it churned up the East Coast, avoiding a direct hit to Florida’s coastal communities. Read as Emerald Cities CEO shines light on climate resilience, and why it's crucial for the safety of the elderly population as well as the first responders.


Inclusive Procurement and Contracting


Inclusive Procurement and Contracting:

Building a Field of Policy and Practice

Denise Fairchild and Kalima Rose

 "Announcing New Study on Inclusive Procurement and Contracting"   

This study, co-authored by Emerald Cities and PolicyLink, and generously supported by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, surveys the current landscape on inclusive procurement and contracting policies and practices in the infrastructure and construction industries. The goal was to specifically determine how to best position minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses (MWDBEs) to effectively compete for large-scale construction projects in these industries.

A successful inclusive procurement program of action is key not only to providing jobs, but also to closing the wealth gap needed to secure the well-being and future of children, families, and the regions in which they live.

This report details the rationale for inclusive practices in this industry and includes historical and current equitable development policies and trends. It also identifies challenges and best practices and sets forth recommendations for strengthening the field of practice. The report provides insight into inclusive procurement and contracting policies within the energy, water, transportation, health, education, and public housing sectors. It also considers the field of practice in different geographic regions of the United States.

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