The Office of Business and Community Engagement serves as the contracting authority of MMSD by conducting open, fair, and timely procurements founded upon the best practices in public purchasing. Recognizing its role as a major regional economic player, the office oversees the District’s social responsibility policies that are incorporated into all contracting and sourcing opportunities, from the Small, Women, and Minority Owned Business Enterprise participation goals, to utilization of local workers and vendors.
To help ensure the District is engaging local businesses and workers reflective of the diversity we serve, the office manages the resources of the Workforce & Business Development Resource Program which includes capacity building training, pre-apprenticeship training, and external internships.
Because of MMSD's commitment to triple bottom line benefits, the office plays a major role in advancing and evaluating the social and economic benefits to the community – whether it’s building rain barrels using a local job training program or utilizing local volunteers to build green infrastructure projects in our neighborhoods. In this capacity, the office serves as a technical resource to all departments to more purposely expand neighborhood and community engagement and then measuring and tracking community benefits and impact.