Research design empowering communities : minority business interests and the Providence First Source Hiring Ordinance

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Southern New Hampshire University
This project is for the purpose of analyzing and assessing the consequences and successes of implementing The First Source Hiring Ordinance (FSHO) for Providence, Rhode Island, signed into law nearly 20 years ago. The stated purpose of the policy is to support the fullest possible participation of firms owned and controlled by minorities or women in city funded and directed public construction programs and projects in municipal purchases of goods and services. This project identifyies the barriers that obstruct the implementation of the First Source Hiring Ordinance as well as the barriers hindering minority/women owned businesses/contractors in accessing the First Source Hiring Ordinance, design policies to overcome these barriers, and to identify and design new FSHO implementation proposals. This seven-month project provides a strategic plan with a market and organizational analysis, conclusions, recommended objectives and strategies to achieve the objectives. The purpose of the strategic plan is to provide a blueprint to the minority/women owned business community for the formulation of policies, the development of operating procedures and the management of the Providence First Source Hiring Ordinance. (Author abstract)