Priority Hire

On Jan. 29, 2015, Mayor Murray signed a new priority hire ordinance passed by Seattle City Council. City construction projects of $5 million or more will be required 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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If you have questions, please go to our Contact Us page and see the staff listed under Labor Equity.

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.

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

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
We will offer two pre-submittal workshops: Nov. 20 and Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. The workshops are repetitive and will include 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. Those interested are highly encouraged to attend one workshop, but are not required.

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

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