City To Host Trainings For Contractors On HireNOLA, DBE Program Rules

NEW ORLEANS—The City of New Orleans will  kick off a series of free seminars to provide training on its new Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contract and labor compliance software systems and HireNOLA policy. The trainings are open to the public and will be held at Delgado Community College City Park Campus, H. Giles Hall, 615 City Park Ave.

         In October 2015, the New Orleans City Council passed Mayor Landrieu’s HireNOLA policy that requires contractors with city contracts valued at $150,000 and above to prioritize Orleans Parish residents when hiring. HireNOLA requires contractors to use the City as its first source for recruitment, referrals and placement of new hires on applicable contracts. It will also require contractors working on applicable projects to demonstrate good faith efforts to hire local and disadvantaged workers. Applicable contracts include any contract to which the City is a party for construction, alteration or demolition of public buildings or public works of the City of New Orleans in excess of $150,000; and any Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to which the City is a party and through which the City provides tax incentives for economic development projects in excess of $150,000.

         In December 2015, the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed Mayor Landrieu’s DBE rules strengthening the City’s policy to ensure  participation of disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) in City contracts. The new rules reform the DBE program, bringing it in line with best practices from around the country. It is the product of collaborative work with stakeholders from the DBE and prime contractor community.

         Revisions include:

 

•  Restrictions on DBE subcontracting and modification of DBE firms;

•  Strengthened Good Faith Effort requirements throughout the life of the contract; and

•  Establishment of penalties for non-compliance.

 

         Training Seminars will take place:

 

Hire NOLA: LCP Tracker and Intro to Davis Bacon

January 12, 2016             4-6 p.m.

January 19, 2016             4-6 p.m.

January 26, 2016             4-6 p.m.

February 2, 2016             4-6 p.m.

 

DBE Policy Update and B2G Now Training

January 7, 2016               4-6 p.m.

January 14, 2016             4-6 p.m.

January 21, 2016             4-6 p.m.

January 28, 2016             4-6 p.m.

 

 

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