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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 Manager at Seattle Central College - Preapprenticeship Construction Training Program (PACT)

Carl Gasca
Member and officer of the Teamsters Local 174 Executive Board

Eugene Hardin III
Minority Business Owner of Quality Woodworking and Construction

Fernando Martinez
President of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council

Heather Worthley
Executive Director of Port Jobs

Holly Moore
Executive Dean of South Seattle College - Georgetown Campus

Leanne Guier
City of Pacific Mayor and Business Development Specialist for the Washington State Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters

Lisa Bogardus
Assistant Executive Secretary for the Seattle King County Building and Construction Trades Labor Council

Melinda Giovengo
CEO of Youthcare

Michael J. Fox
Retired King County Superior Court judge with experience representing the United Construction Workers Association

Michael Murphy
Director of Client and Community Services at Pioneer Human Services

Samuel Pierce
Priority Hire Program Manager for the Port of Seattle

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