McDonnell Urges More Diversity in State Contracts

August 19, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging more diversity in state contracting.

McDonnell joined community leaders, business people and public servants Tuesday for the first meeting of the Governor's Supplier Diversity Advisory Board.

The advisory board is tasked with changing how Virginia awards contracts to small businesses and those owned by women and minorities.

McDonnell is asking the board to come up with creative ways to increase participation and said those ways could be through the General Assembly, an executive order or some other means.

He also encouraged the board to look at financing needs, bonding requirements, mentoring opportunities, unbundling of contracts,
technical assistance and other ways to increase participation.

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