Peoria announces diversity directory initiative

Directory will include all types of businesses and be available to the public
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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 2:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 2:15 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The City of Peoria is taking steps to bring more diversity into their public work contracts.

The city announced Monday an initiative to register women and minority-owned businesses to a directory for the city.

Chief Diversity Officer Melodi Green says they’ll use the list to hold public works accountable for hiring and using local minority and women-owned contractors.

Monica Arbuckle, managing partner at AFE Construction, says the city has a longstanding problem with identifying diverse companies.

“Peoria’s had an issue for a very long time with identifying women and minority-owned businesses in the area,” she said. “So this particular directory can help identify those that are in the area.”

Arbuckle plans to use the list to make sure she uses other minority and women-owned businesses as well.

While the city is focusing on construction work, the directory is meant to include businesses of all types.

It will also be available for public use.

There are already hundreds of businesses looking to get on that list - even outside the Peoria area.

“We’re looking for minority contractors and vendors wherever they may be, so this list is going to get really filled very fast,” said Denise Moore, CEO of the Minority Business Development Center.

Registration begins August 10 at the Peoria Peoria Public Library.

Interested business owners need to bring a state ID and documents showing they own their business.

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