TYLER, BRADFORD ARGUE RFP/BID BEST PRACTICE
Mayor Tyler and Councilman Bradford have shared e-Mail communiques with The Sun. The following are the unaltered cut and pastes of that exchange. While The Sun did run Mr. Bradford's content, we hadn't obtained Mayor Tyler's portion by press time. The Sun will offer her equal time.
">> Good afternoon Mayor Tyler,
>> While I’m proud to see the Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation breaking ground on their new community center/office facility, the city missed a great opportunity to make assist small minority firms and to set an example moving forward that inclusion on city contracting is a priority, when it chose a non-African-American contractor to build the new facility.
>> This project is being funded in part by a $315,000 grant from the City of Shreveport. And is being built in a predominantly African-American community. The MLK Community Center represents more than just a community facility. It has a long history of a meeting place for MLK residents who strategize on how to combat the issues it was facing from the 80’ s crack epidemic, street flooding, gang violence as well as celebrating the uniqueness of one of the largest communities of color in the country.
>> Throughout my first term I have been a fierce advocate for a disparity study to bolster the city’s fair share program. If the city is unwilling to provide opportunities for African-American contractors on this small but historical important project, it appears to me that this administration is simply not committed to expanding opportunities for 60 percent of its population.
>> It’s imperative that we take advantage of these kinds of opportunities. We must have a greater commitment to diversity. Our city’ future depends on it.
>> Most Sincerely,
>> Willie Bradford
>> City Councilman District A
">> Subject: Re: MLK-CDC
>> Good evening Councilman Bradford,
>> It is very disturbing that you would accuse my administration of not including minority contractors and businesses on a project that we had no authority to choose a contractor.
>> Unfortunately, once again you have not done your homework on how this process works with nonprofit organizations. We don't choose contractors for nonprofits. Our only interest in helping these groups is to provide funding for critical services for citizens who need them the most. We have and will continue to put people above politics.
>> I know you realize that my administration has a track record of increasing minority participation each year. Our fair share program has grown significantly since 2015, when $21 million were provided to disadvantaged, minority and women owned businesses to $50 million in 2017.
>> I hope you are not willfully spreading misinformation on my administration.
>> Ollie S. Tyler
>> City of Shreveport
*** Updates to be expected.
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