Tonawanda News — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the county directed more than $24 million in contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses in 2012, an increase from 2011 statistics.
Women-owned firms accounted for $2.2 million in contracts or about 9.3 percent of all the contracts issued for county services, up from a total of 9 percent in 2011. Businesses owned by blacks accounted for $663,000 in contracts or 2.8 percent of total contracted spending — an increase of 2 percent from 2011.
Businesses owned by Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanics — that combined represent about 3 percent of contractual spending — were all about the same or slightly lower than in 2011, a report by the county’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity stated.
Poloncarz pledged continued outreach to women- and minority-owned firms as business partners in the future.
“Erie County will continue to reach out to minority- and women-owned businesses and look for their participation in county contracting,” Poloncarz said. “They are valued partners in building our economy and we hope that more of these businesses will consider contracting with the county as they grow in our community.”