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Increasing Chances For All

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Montgomery County Office of Procurement program designed to ensure that minority, female and disabled (MFD) business owners receive a fair share of the County’s contracting opportunities is setting records and winning awards.

In fiscal year 2017, MFD businesses were awarded more than 23 percent or $217,819,206 of the total funds subject to the MFD program in Montgomery County. That’s a record high for the procurement office, and marks three years of steady improvement. The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) recently recognized the MFD Program at its Breakthrough Breakfast with the Public Access Partner Award.

“This progress continues to be a priority for my administration,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “We want to see the numbers go even higher.”

Office of Procurement Director Cherri Branson said there have been more MFD bids because of a revised and more transparent procurement process, in addition to increased community outreach efforts.

“This Office is committed to ensuring that all businesses have equal access to opportunities. As we increase the number of vendors, we also increase competition,” said Branson.

The 2017 MFD Annual Report is available online, here.

Earlier this year, the Office of Procurement received the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute for the fifth year in a row.

For more information about contracting opportunities with the County, visit the Office of Procurement’s website here.

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Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Bethany Manimbo 240.777.9941