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The Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program for the Children and Family Justice Center will increase the employment and job-training opportunities for veterans, women, and people of color. The program helps King County and the design-build team meet the following contracting and apprenticeship requirements and goals:

  • Contract Requirements:
    • 15% of total craft labor hours are to be performed by building apprentices
    • 17% use of Small Contractors and Suppliers
  • Voluntary Goals:
    • 6% use of women-owned businesses
    • 10% minority-owned businesses

The Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program Advisory Board that was approved by the King County Council in mid-2015 will help the contractor achieve these goals. Increasing the participation of these historically economically disadvantaged groups is important because, although unemployment in King County has dropped significantly in recent years, there are many communities that have not equally benefited from the region's growing economy.

"Economic opportunity is the first step in ensuring that people of color will not need to use the facilities that will be part of the Children and Family Justice Center," said Councilmember Larry Gossett, who represents Seattle's Central District.

The board, which began meeting in the summer of 2015, includes representatives from the building trades, construction industry, labor, community organizations and pre-apprenticeship training providers.

Apprenticeships and Small Contractor and Supplier (SCS) Reports

Summer 2016: Howard S. Wright Apprenticeships and Small Contractor and Supplier Report

EOEP Advisory Board Meeting Documents

February 27, 2019: AgendaMeeting SummaryPresentation., 

December 17, 2018: AgendaMeeting SummaryPresentation., 

June 25, 2015: Agenda, Presentation, Meeting Summary

August 26, 2015: Agenda, BriefMeeting Summary

September 10, 2015: Agenda, Brief, Meeting Summary, Presentation

September 24, 2015: Agenda, Brief, Meeting Summary, Presentation

October 8, 2015: Agenda, Brief, Meeting Summary, Presentation

October 22, 2015: Agenda, BriefPresentationDocuments

November 8, 2015: Agenda, Meeting SummaryDocuments

December 3, 2015: AgendaMeeting Summary Documents: UCLA Targeted Hire, WMBE Targeted Hire, Sound Transit Disparity StudyWSDOT DBE Program Disparity Study Final ReportPort of Seattle Disparity StudyNBCC Amicus - PLAIncreasing the Capacity of the Nation’s Small Disadvantaged Businesses

January 19, 2016: Agenda


EOEP Advisory Board

Amesha Lawton
Program Operations Coordinator (Grants and Compliance) at Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Samuel Pierce
Priority Hire Program Manager for the Port of Seattle

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