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Big Ideas for Small Business: Local Producer Speaking Points 1_2012
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Big Ideas for Small Business: Local Producer Speaking Points 1_2012

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  • 1. LOCAL PRODUCER, LOCAL-FOOD PURCHASER, & SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PREFERENCE CODE Chapter 187A Purpose Promotes “self-help” for the regional economy by providing incentives/credits to local companies that compete for City work as prime contractors Background • 2008: Mayor Jackson’s challenge to public and private sector, invest additional $2 billion in our local economy. • In 2009: Incentives for local producers including food growers • Early 2010: Ordinance was passed Ordinance • Created with input from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Cleveland City Council, the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) • Creating a “self-help” regional economy by providing incentives: o Bid discounts on competitively bid contracts o Evaluation credits on professional service contracts • 3 possible incentives/credits for prime contractors o Local Producer, o Sustainable Business and, o Local Food Purchaser Local Producer Enterprise (LPE) Companies headquartered in a 5-county region which fabricate, process or supply goods or services in the region; Certified through OEO. • 5-county region includes: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties As well as growers or producers of food headquartered in a wider 15-county region; Certified through OEO. • 15-county region includes: the above 5 counties, as well as, Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne
  • 2. Companies that are certified as a LPE and compete on a City contract as a prime contractor are eligible for a 2% Bid Discount or 2 Evaluation Credits Local Sustainable Business Enterprise (SUBE) Companies headquartered in the 5-county region which are certified as sustainable businesses through approved sustainability programs; Certified through OEO. • 5-county region includes: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties • Approved programs that certify companies as sustainable businesses: o Green Plus www.gogreenplus.org • Online diagnostic survey; costs between $350 - $550 o E4S www.e4s.org • Workshops and strategic planning process; costs $750 Companies that are certified as a SUBE and compete on a City contract as a prime contractor are eligible for a 2 % Bid Discount or 2 Evaluation Credits Local Food Purchaser Companies which purchase local food in an amount not less than 20% of their City contract from within a 15-county region; Administered by OEO. • 15-county region includes: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties Companies are eligible for a 2% Bid Discount or 2 Evaluation Credits on a contract by contract basis Additional Information Companies can receive multiple bid discounts or evaluation credits up to 4% or 4 evaluation credits for all three incentives. They can also be combined with the CSB/MBE/FBE 5% bid discounts or 5 evaluation credits, to receive up to 9% bid discounts or 9 evaluation credits, not to exceed $75,000. In order to be certified as a LPE/SUBE, a company must complete the Certification Application which includes certification for both the Cleveland Area Business Program and the Local Producer & Sustainable Business Program. The application is located on the Office of Equal Opportunity’s website, www.city.clevleand.oh.us/oeo

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