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Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractors

first_img June 15, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractorscenter_img Economy,  Equality,  Press Release Continuing his commitment to small businesses (SBs) and small diverse businesses (SBDs), Governor Tom Wolf announced new procurement changes to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and disabled-owned businesses ¬– to compete for state government contracts and succeed in the commonwealth’s economy.“This is another important step forward in the ambitious project my administration launched five years ago to open doors for small and diverse businesses in state contracting and to make the process more inclusive and diverse,” said Governor Wolf. “We have made progress, but there is more work to do. We cannot allow some people to be shut out of a chance to get a state contract. Our economy and our communities work best when everyone has a fair chance of success.”Today’s actions are the direct result of the governor’s Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy executive order signed in 2015. The order created the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) within the Department of General Services, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities and led to the 2018 Statewide Disparity Study which examined disparities in the commonwealth’s contracting system and made recommendations for improvement.“These policy and program changes will allow us to increase opportunities for small diverse businesses in state contracts,” said Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper. “Historically, the state contracting process has been uneven, inconsistent and unfair in providing opportunities for SBs and SDBs to do business with the commonwealth.”There are three new changes taking effect.First, each competitive state procurement will use goal setting for SDB participation on each solicitation with the intent to achieve a 26.3 percent state contract spending with SDBs .The goals are determined using an analysis and calculation of the percentage of DGS verified SDBs available to do the specific work as determined by the Disparity Study and other factors. Goal setting replaces the previous scoring process used to evaluate proposals and starts today for construction solicitations over $300,000 and on August 17, 2020 for goods and services solicitations over $250,000.Second, the department has set a goal of 4.6 percent of state contract spend to veteran-owned businesses through the new Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) program as recommended by the Commonwealth Disparity Study. To increase the availability of VBEs, the commonwealth will now consider a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises as both an SDB firm and a VBE firm. This consideration is granted providing the applicant holds approved third-party certification from the Veterans Affairs Vets First Verification Program and eliminates the need to go through an additional third-party SDB certification process. The department will consider contract-specific goals for VBE participation on each individual solicitation over the dollar thresholds identified for SDB goal setting, and the VBE contract specific goals will be calculated based upon availability of VBE firms.Third, the administration has tasked all state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to have at least 15 percent of their contract spending go to eligible, state-certified small businesses through the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. The program helps all DGS-certified small businesses to compete as prime contractors on state contracting opportunities. Each agency has an executive-level employee responsible for ensuring the goal is achieved.“We are committed to achieving the commonwealth’s goal to do 26 percent of our business with small diverse businesses has truly been a group effort,” said Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities Kerry Kirkland. “Through the hard work of the Bureau of Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities staff along with the Advisory council and our legislative supports, we are positioning our small and small diverse businesses for success and sustainability in our economy.”Kirkland praised the hard work of the BDISBO staff and involvement of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Small Businesses Opportunities has led to the implementation of key policy and program changes such as: using the best value contracting method to increase SDB participation in contracting opportunities; creating the Agency liaison Program to ensure that SB/SDB contracting opportunities are part of all annual commonwealth agency purchasing plans; and creating the Mentor-Protégé Program that pairs prime contractors and/or suppliers with DGS-verified SDBs to provide developmental assistance and help them successfully solicit and perform on commonwealth contracting opportunities.Visit the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity for more detailed information on the new policies and programs as well as the Wolf Administration’s efforts to diversity state contracting and opportunities for small and diverse businesses.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Miss Peggy Lorraine “Miss Kitty” Eckerty

first_imgMiss Peggy Lorraine “Miss Kitty” Eckerty, age 63, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on January 15, 1953, in Logansport, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of, Clarence Edwin and Thelma Lorraine (Underwood) Eckerty. She was raised in Madison, Indiana where she was a 1971 graduate of the Madison Consolidated High School. Peggy earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary education in 1976 and her master’s degree in 1983, from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Peggy completed her student teaching at the Johnathan Jennings Elementary School in Charlestown, Indiana. Peggy was first employed in the Occupational Therapy Department for the Madison State Hospital in Madison, from 1971 to 1976. Miss Kitty was employed as a 4th grade teacher for the Switzerland County School Corporation from 1977 to 1978, in a classroom in the Old Gym. In 1979, she began teaching at the Jeff-Craig Elementary School in Vevay, until 1996, where she taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade. Miss Kitty was currently teaching 4th grade for the Switzerland County Elementary School in East Enterprise, since 1996. Peggy established the Student Council program at the Switzerland County Elementary School. Every year, Peggy enjoyed coordinating and planning the Veterans Day Program at the Switzerland County Elementary School where she also sang all the official military songs. Miss Kitty was very active in the 4th grade Little Hoosiers History Club that was held at the Jeff-Craig Elementary School and Switzerland County Elementary School. Superintendent Mike Jones presented Peggy with a school bell in honor of her many years of teaching also shared with her that the Little Hoosiers History Club will be named the Peggy Eckerty Little Hoosiers Club. Peggy loved Indiana and loved to give her students a taste of Pioneer Day’s in Indiana. She was the coordinator of Pioneer Day that was held at the Switzerland County Elementary School. She was recognized by the Indiana Historical Society and awarded the prestigious “Caleb Mills Indiana History Teacher of the Year Award.” If you asked her students about her classes, they would have told you she was strict, fair, fun, and made Indiana History come to life. Peggy was a member of the Julia L. Dumont Literary Club where she was a past president, secretary and treasurer. She was a member of the Markland Baptist Church in Markland, Indiana, where she was a much-sought-after vocalist in the church and in her community. She was a member of the Vevay Music Club, where she participated and volunteered to benefit the Hoosier Theater and scholarships fundraising events. She worked tirelessly for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, where she obtained donations for “Relay for Life” and participated in the “Survivors Walk” every year. She was a former member of the Milton, Kentucky Women’s Club. Peggy was raised in the First Baptist Church in downtown Madison and was active in every program in the church. She was a member of the Indiana State Teacher’s Association, Switzerland County Teacher’s Association and the National Education Association. She served on the scholarship committee for the Community Foundation of Switzerland County and served on the Danglad Scholarship Committee. Peggy enjoyed singing church hymns and volunteering her time to serve her community. She also enjoyed shopping, swimming, talking on the phone, watching the “Young and the Restless”, the “Game Show Network”, “The Golden Girls” and spending time with her family, close friends, and her fur babies. The average person could not hope to keep up with her pace as she made her lists, planned her attack, and sought to educate our youth and community, yet if you would have asked her or complimented her, she would always deny that she did anything special. Miss Kitty, you will forever live in our hearts and in the Switzerland County community. We will forever miss your immense smile, your tender heart and your infectious laugh. You were an asset to the Switzerland County School Corporation where you dedicated your life to educating students for 38 years. She fought a gallant battle against breast cancer for the past 12 years. Peggy went to be with her Lord and Savior at 10:10 am, Saturday, August 13, 2016, at her residence in Madison, Indiana. Peggy is now rejoicing in the angels choir.Peggy will be dearly missed by her mother: Thelma Lorraine (Underwood) Eckerty of Wilkinson, IN; her sisters: Judy Eades and her husband: Phil of Madison, IN; Pam Flowers and her husband: Chuck of Brown County, IN; Becky Burch and her husband: Jerry of Hanover, IN; Lisa Singer and her husband: Bob of Madison, IN and Susan Pyle and her companion: Jim McRoberts of Wilkinson, IN; her nieces and nephews: Carla Krebs, Janeen Blair, Beth Ann Skirvin, Scott Eades, Chuck Flowers, Kim Evans, Jeff Burch, Andy Burch, Angie Lockwood, Michele Turner, Brian Singer, Christi Bruer, Adam Pyle and Jared Pyle; her great-nieces and great-nephews; her 2-great-great nephews; her siamese cat: Precious Joy Eckerty of Madison, IN; her Vevay family: Rodney Nay, Sally Nay & Morgan Nay; Roger Nay, Luann Nay, Kayla Nay & Laura Nay Reagan and her numerous dear friends.She was preceded in death by her father: Clarence Edwin Eckerty; her adopted parents: Rev. and Mrs. Merris and Freda Dice; her loving siamese cat: Hope Eckerty, passed away in 2011.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Pastor Bobby Brundige Jr. & Pastor Mike Jones at the Switzerland County Elementary School, 12862 Highway 250 East Enterprise, Indiana 47019. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison, Indiana 47250, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043 and 10:00 am until time of funeral service at the Switzerland County Elementary School, 12862 Highway 250, East Enterprise, Indiana 47019.Memorial contributions may be made to Miss Peggy Lorraine “Miss Kitty” Eckerty Endowment Fund for the field of education % Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more