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Equity in Contracting

Equity in Contracting Program 

As part of the City of Tacoma's ongoing work to advance broader strategic goals relating to equity and accessibility, as well as economic growth, it has expanded its efforts to achieve equity in contracting and support of minority and women-owned businesses. 

The Equity in Contracting Program offers access to contracting and procurement opportunities, as well as guidance and technical assistance, to historically underutilized businesses interested in providing supplies, services and public works support to the City of Tacoma.    



Mission Statement

Equity in Contracting Program Mission Statement 

To create and sustain a competitive and fair business environment for contracting, procurement and consulting opportunities that include small businesses owned by minority, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged people. 

Background and Disparity Study


The City authorized an extensive, year-long disparity study completed in 2018 that analyzed procurement and contracting barriers for small, disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses in construction, architecture and engineering, services and goods. This study determined that there exists a statistically significant under-utilization by the City of minority and women-owned businesses in these contract categories.


Results of the last Disparity Study indicated that the City’s Small Business Enterprise Program had not effectively reduced barriers or increased opportunities for businesses owned by women or people of color. The City's Equity in Contracting program was developed to address these issues, with the aim of improving equity in contracting.  More information is available in this final report.

A construction industry stakeholder committee convened by the City in 2018 - comprised of labor union leaders, private contractors, minority and women-owned businesses and residents from economically distressed communities - analyzed the use of local workforce agreements in the context of the findings and recommendations of the disparity study. Through a consensus process, the stakeholder group voted against adoption of a formal community workforce agreement or priority hire ordinance, but recommended expansion of support services offered to minority and women-owned businesses.

Training and Business Management Assistance

Ongoing Training and Business Management Assistance is Available 

For certified businesses, the Equity in Contracting program helps to level the playing field when it comes to having an opportunity to secure public works and goods and services contracts. 


Get more information about Training and Business Management.

Small Works Roster Program

Small Works Roster 
The City of Tacoma's Small Works Roster Program (SWR) allows pre-registered contractors the opportunity to bid on small public works and improvement projects with a budget of $200,000 or less.  

For smaller qualifying companies, the Small Works Roster may allow for expedited payment and waiver of the bid bond.  This program utilizes categories under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  Except for the Small Works Roster, the City of Tacoma does not maintain an ongoing vendor or bidders list for any categories of work.  

Small Works Roster bids are sent to approved and pre-registered contractors.

File an EIC Complaint

*If you have an Equity in Contracting (EIC) issue related to prompt pay, certification, retainage or fraud, you or someone on your behalf may file a complaint with the EIC Office by downloading the PDF form located here , or you may now submit a Subcontractor Online Complaint form by selecting this Online Subcontractor Complaint form.


This form is subject to Public Disclosure.


Once the form has been completed, an email notification will be automatically sent to the complainant to acknowledge receipt. EIC Staff will follow up via email or phone using the contact information indicated on the form.


Please Note: If your complaint is a Title VI Complaint, visit City of Tacoma Title VI Notice - Webpage for more information on how to file a Title VI Complaint or send an email to the Title VI Coordinator at cwolfe@cityoftacoma.org


Contact Us


Malika Godo 

Equity in Contracting Compliance Specialist

(253) 591-5630


Linda Cerna

Equity in Contracting Contract & Outreach Specialist

(253) 591-5826


Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street, Room 900
Tacoma, WA 98402


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