Priority Hire

Adopted in 2015, the priority hire ordinance requires City construction projects of $5 million or more to have a percentage of project hours performed by workers living in economically distressed areas. In addition, City projects will have apprentice utilization requirements and women and people of color aspirational goals.

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The City of Seattle's Finance and Administrative Services Department (FAS), in partnership with the Port of Seattle (Port) and King County (County) seek to award an estimated $629,000 in 2018 and $579,000 in 2019 for an estimated $1,208,000 total bi-annually in Construction Worker Training and Retention funds. These funds will be intended for proposers and subconsultants that provide pre-apprenticeship construction training and/or pre-apprentice, apprentice and/or journey-level retention services. The City, Port and the County recognize that our region faces a shortage of local workers prepared to meet current and upcoming construction industry workforce needs and that women and people of color are underrepresented in the industry. This solicitation seeks proposals with strategies to train and retain workers that enter the construction industry. Applications are due 4:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.

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City of Seattle: Priority Hire Background
If you are new to Priority Hire or want to learn more about it, read the resources above. It will help with understanding the RFP. Along with learning about the history behind the Priority Hire, you may also view the Priority Hire Ordinance.


Port of Seattle and King County Background
Learn more about King County's Priority Hire program. Learn more about the Port of Seattle's history


Pre-Submittal Workshops
Sessions, held Nov. 20 and Nov. 28, included training on the priority hire program, guidelines on the construction training and retention services' objectives and deliverables and Q&A to answer questions related to the process. See the RFP Workshop presentation.


Questions & Answers
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This document will be updated on a weekly basis, or more frequently as needed. If your questions are not answered here, feel free to contact the RFP coordinator.

Contact
If questions arise during the process, please contact the RFP coordinator, Julianna Tesfu at LaborEquity@seattle.gov or 206-684-4570.

City Purchasing and Contracting Services (CPCS), a division of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, seeks proposals to design, develop, implement and manage training or other solutions, to reduce, eliminate, prohibit and/or respond to inappropriate actions and cultures of aggression on construction job sites where these inappropriate behaviors are directed towards women, people of color particularly African Americans, Latino, indigenous peoples, immigrants and refugees, as well as those with a non-hetero sexual orientation (LGBTQ).

The City of Seattle is deeply committed to building and retaining a diverse construction workforce for City-funded construction projects that are constructed by private companies. The City invests in systemic change efforts to increase the number of historically underrepresented women and people of color on construction jobsites. Priority Hire has been developed, implemented and managed by CPCS.

Download RFP
Download the RFP to review it as a whole and begin drafting your proposal.

Priority Hire Background
If you are new to Priority Hire or want to learn more about it, read the resources above. It will help with understanding the RFP. Along with learning about the history behind the Priority Hire, you may also view the Priority Hire Ordinance.

RFP Questions & Answers
A Q&A document will be posted here and updated weekly, or more frequently as necessary. If you have questions, contact Anita Adams at LaborEquity@Seattle.gov or 206-386-0060.

RFP Pre-Submittal Workshops
We will offer three optional pre-submittal workshops:
Dec. 18, 2017, Beacon Hill Library, noon-1 p.m.
Dec. 28, 2017, Rainier Beach Library, 5-6 p.m.
Jan. 11, 2018, Seattle Municipal Tower, Rm 4110, 11 a.m.-noon

The workshops are repetitive and will include RFP training and an opportunity to meet regional collaborators and other interested proposers. Attendance is highly encouraged, but not required. To RSVP for a pre-submittal conference please e-mail LaborEquity@Seattle.gov.

Selection for this RFP is subject to all applicable laws and ordinances. The participation of women-and minority-owned firms is a cultural value of the City of Seattle and is strongly encouraged.