Diversity and Inclusion
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) has always been committed to diversity in the awarding of contracts. It’s very important to us that minority-owned, women-owned and other historically underutilized businesses have a fair seat at the table. We’re currently developing a comprehensive diversity outreach program to intensify our commitment. We want to expand the array of major contractors PRPA engages, and we want our major contractors to be aware of the vast network of subcontractors at their disposal.
Check this area of our website on a regular basis for updates on our outreach program.
It is the policy of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) to promote opportunities for full participation by Minority-owned, Women-owned, Veteran-owned or Service-Disabled-Veteran-owned and LGBT-owned small businesses, hereafter collectively referred to as disadvantaged business enterprises (“DBEs”) in all project-related construction contracts to the greatest extent feasible and to do so by insuring that all Prime Contractors do not discriminate in the solicitation, award and administration of construction subcontracts on PRPA’s projects.
- Mandatory 20% of contract must be devoted to DBE
- 20% must be drawn from at least two of the categories listed below, with no less than five percent being devoted respectively:
- Veteran and Service Disabled
The PRPA has provided information regarding acceptable certification resources that could be of use to your business. Follow the link below to find our list of acceptable DGS certifications as well as information regarding process of becoming certified through DGS:
- The Unified Certification Program (UCP)*
- The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(A) Business Development Program*
- The Vets First Verification Program (Vetbiz.gov)
- Accepted DGS Certifications
Are you a vendor certified in the following categories?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our vendor list today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can certification as a Prime contractor count towards diversity participation?
A. A Prime contractor’s certification cannot count towards diversity inclusion, please see link below outlining the requirements of our diversity inclusion plan.
Q. What happens if the bidder cannot meet the requirements for Minimum Levels of Participation (MPL’s)?
A. The bidder must still complete and return Exhibit 1 at the time of bid. As per PRPA diversity policy, those bidding on PRPA issued projects must submit documentation providing an explanation for failure to achieve minimum levels of participation (MPL’s). This documentation must demonstrate that the bidder has not engaged in discriminatory practices and may include a description of any barriers or impediments encountered despite the actions taken
Q. What is the process of gaining certification as a diverse business enterprise and what certifications are required to be considered a suitable DBE that meets the standards of the PRPA policy?
A. Please see the following links for certification information:
• The Unified Certification Program (UCP)*
• The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
• The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
• The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(A) Business Development Program*
• The Vets First Verification Program (Vetbiz.gov)
Q. Where can I find a list of certified subcontractors that fit the required designations?
A. *Coming Soon.* Our website is currently being updated. Thank you for your patience.
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