This Charter change will institutionalize the contracting reforms that Mayor Landrieu put in place and enshrine the city’s disadvantage business enterprise (DBE) program in the charter. The goal is to level the playing field for small, local businesses and ensure that contracts are awarded based on what you know, not who you know. Without protection in the Charter, the next Mayor could reverse contracting reform and the disadvantaged business program could be eliminated with four votes and the stroke of a pen.
Louisiana State Representative Austin Badon said, “This measure strengthens the City’s commitment to ensuring contracting and DBE programs work for everyone. It is critical that we protect the changes already made as part of the City’s charter.”
District D Councilmember Jared Brossett said, “For the first time in our city’s history we will be able to enshrine the City’s DBE consideration, contracting and procurement policies into the City’s charger. This a significant step for our city, obligating all future administrations to establish and follow sound DBE and contracting practices. This is a testament to the future of New Orleans.” The City Charter Amendment on City Contracting has been endorsed by The Advocate, the Gambit and the Bureau of Governmental Research.