LGBT-certified businesses now recognized in Metro Government procurement process
The Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission (HRC) and Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that LGBT-certified businesses are now officially recognized as part of the Louisville Metro Government procurement process for goods and services.
Businesses owned by LGBT people and certified by a national or certifying organization, such as the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce or the Louisville Civitas chamber of commerce, can apply with the Human Relations Commission for a no-cost reciprocal certification.
Once a vendor has completed the reciprocal certification process the company will be listed in the HRC public directory of businesses used by Louisville Metro Government agencies, partners and the public to acquire goods and services. The businesses will be offered online system training and be listed to receive invitations to networking events and workshops.
The change in the city’s procurement process comes after the Metro Council approved, and Mayor Fischer signed, an ordinance amending and modernizing definitions used in the city’s procurement policies.
“Louisville Metro Government is committed to fairness and equity, and this important update to our city procurement process means more businesses owned by our LGBT community will have more opportunities to do business with the city,” the Mayor said.
Noting that Louisville has scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equity Scorecard for five consecutive years, the Mayor added: “We must — and we will — continue our drive to build equity so that Louisville can truly be a city where every person has the chance to reach their full potential.”
LGBT business owners can submit reciprocal certification applications at https://louisvilleky.diversitycompliance.com.
The Mayor thanked the Metro Council for their partnership in updating the procurement process, calling out Councilwoman Jessica Green as a champion for the measure.
Councilwoman Green said: “With the passage of this ordinance, our city is saying that we are open for business to every Louisvillian, regardless of color, gender, who you love, or if you are disabled. It doesn’t cost us anything to be compassionate, and business minded at the same time. Louisville is the economic engine for Kentucky, and I am certain that this certification process will allow us to continue to push the city and state forward. It is a great day for all Louisvillians.”