ECC Awarded Citi Grant for Minority Contractor Program


ECC was awarded a grant from CITI Community Development Corporation for its new small and minority contractor green building program in Los Angeles. The program will provide greater economic opportunities for small businesses and jobs for low and moderate income (LMI) communities within the energy efficiency sector. ECC provided Citi Community Development team -- Bob Annibale, Global Director of Microfinance and Community Development; Gustavo Bidart, Southern CA Regional Manager; and Vivienne Lee, Community Development Officer – an up close view of the program at a collaborative meeting at the IBEW Employment Training Institute, one of several members of the LA/Orange County Labor Council supporting this effort.

ECC will pilot the program on a $30 million LA County municipal net zero retrofit initiative with the hopes of expanding it throughout the 55 city Southern California Regional Energy Efficiency Network and the California Public Utilities Commission local government energy efficiency program. The major components of the pilot program include:

  1. A collaborative planning process to design system-wide solutions for impact, scale and replicability to ensure minority small businesses and an LMI workforce are employed
  2. Green Business Training and Technical Assistance, including training modules on
    • green building basics
    • labor, community and safety standards and procedures
    • public procurement requirements and pre-qualifications
  3. Procurement assistance – establishment of local procurement standards/requirements
  4. Access to working capital, bonding and insurance
  5. Workforce assistance as union signatories

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