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National Conference on Equity in and Public Procurement and Contracting

Minneapolis, MN (05/04/11) - The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice will host a national conference on equity and public procurement and contracting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Wednesday, May 11, in Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey Center.

The conference will bring together national academics and experts to discuss the best practices, alternative methodologies, and the development of new tools for increasing small business participation in both public and private contracting activities. The conference is designed for academics, policymakers, business owners, and the public.

There is no charge for the conference, but registration is required at http://procurementandcontracting.eventbrite.com.

The schedule is as follows:

7:30am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. - Economic Analysis of Disparities in Business Procurement and Contracting
Moderator - Margaret Simms, institute fellow, The Urban Institute
Tim Bates - Wayne State University, "Achieving a Level Playing Field in Public-sector Procurement: Establishing Criteria and measuring Progress"
Robert Fairlie - University of California, Santa Cruz, "The Impact of City Contracting Set-asides on Black Self-employment and Employment"
Thomas "Danny" Boston - Georgia Institute of Technology, "Evaluating the Impact of the 8a and SDB Programs on Minority-owned Businesses"

10 a.m. - Success Stories
Moderator - Sharon Sayles Belton - former Mayor of Minneapolis, Thomson Reuters
Craig Taylor - University of Minnesota
Natasha Fedorova - Women's Business Development Center
Hyon Kim - MN Best Enterprises, Inc.
Duane H. Ramseur - Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council

12 p.m. - Luncheon

1 p.m. - Legal Issues in Public Procurement and Contracting- Roundtable
Moderator - Jan Walden- McKissack & McKissack
Franklin Lee - Lee, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP
Daniel Muse - Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey, P.C. (invited)
Sarah von der Lippe - Sarah von der Lippe Esq.

3 p.m. - Perspective from the Public Sector
Moderator - Lawrencina Oramalu - William Mitchell College of Law
Mary Prescott - MNDOT
Darrell Turner - FHWA - MN Division Administrator
Wanda Kirkpatrick - Metropolitan Council
Anita Bellant - Metropolitan Airport Commission
Micah Hines - Assistant Chief of Staff for Governor Mark Dayton

The Humphrey School ranks among the top professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country. The School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping policy and planning at the local, state, national, and international levels, as well as for providing leadership and management expertise to public and nonprofit organizations. The School offers five graduate degrees, including a Master of Development Practice degree in international development that welcomed its first cohort in August 2010.


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