11a. Memo

Diversity in Contracting 2022 Report

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                        Item No.          11a 
BRIEFING ITEM                            Date of Meeting       April 11, 2023 

DATE:     April 11, 2023 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Dave McFadden, Managing Director, Economic Development Division 
Mian Rice, Director Diversity in Contracting 
SUBJECT:  Diversity in Contracting 2022 Annual Report 
The Diversity  in  Contracting  Annual  Report  to  the  Commission provides  the Port’s
division/department 2022 Woman and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) results, 2023 
department/division WMBE goals, and affirmative efforts to assure equality of contracting
2022 was the fourth full year of the Diversity in Contracting program operations, in which Port
divisions and departments established 2022 WMBE utilization goals. On an annual basis, the Port
starts from zero in its tracking of firms utilized and percent achieved. 
In non-construction, 16.4% of the Port’s total spend of $269M went to WMBE firms ($44.2M) - 
meeting its 15% goal for 2022 and showing a marked increase from the 14.6% WMBE utilization
in 2021. This goal did not include construction projects where utilization goals are established on
a project-by-project basis. 
In construction, 2022 was the first year the Port established a goal. 7.5% of the Port’s total spend
of $203M went to WMBE firms ($15.1M) - short of its 12.5% goal and its 11.5% WMBE utilization
in 2021. 
In total spend, which includes both non-construction and construction, 12.6% of the Port’s total
spend of $472.2M went to WMBE firms ($59.3M) – making progress towards the 2023 goal of
15% utilization, and demonstrating a slight increase from the 12.1% WMBE utilization in 2021. 
In addition, the Port continues to make strides towards its five-year goal of tripling the number
of WMBE businesses working with the Port (354 WMBE firms by 2023) by having worked with
351 WMBE firms in 2022, an increase from 344 in 2021. 

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As the Port continues to grow in its WMBE utilization, staff is continuing to make progress on the
goals set forth by the Commission, including the continued focus on eliminating specific
disparities in utilization for certain ethnic groups and women. 
On January 9, 2018, the Port Commissioners adopted a new Diversity in Contracting (DC) policy
directive with a supporting Resolution 3737, that drives equity in Port contracting. The policy was
developed over the years of 2016-2017, using 2016 as the baseline for what was eventually
passed. 2019 was the first full year the program and goals came into effect. 
The purpose of this policy directive is to provide the maximum practicable opportunity for
increased participation by minority and women owned and controlled businesses in Port
contracting for public works, consulting services, supplies, materials, equipment, and other
services to create the opportunity to leverage Port spending to increase WMBE utilization. 
As part of the Diversity in Contracting policy directive, the Port Commission established utilization
goals for both the amount of contracting dollars paid to WMBE firms as well as the number of
WMBE firms under contract to the Port using 2016 baseline utilization results: 
Five-Year Goals 
(1) Triple the number of WMBE firms that contract with the Port, and 
(2) Increase to 15% the percentage of dollars spent on WMBE contracts. 
The policy also directed the establishment of: 
•   Executive level accountability that drives performance across the Port. 
•   Port-wide goal setting and reporting processes, requiring Divisions/Departments to
establish Annual WMBE Plans that include aspirational goals and performance targets. 
•   Clear lines of responsibility and accountability for implementation with designated WMBE
liaisons for each division. 
•   Enhanced compliance and tracking of key performance objectives and incorporation of
WMBE goals into the Port’s Long Range Plan. 
•   Categories of contracts where inclusion plans and other tools will be used. 
•   Implementation and monitoring procedures to ensure prompt payment and change order
•   Expanded technical assistance for WMBE firms, coordination with external partners, and 
support for internal training to Port staff. 
2022 Results 
2022 was the fourth year of the DC policy/program implementation. 

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Per the DC policy directive, every division/department sets WMBE aspirational goals prior to the
beginning of the year. The table below illustrates by division the 2022 WMBE results for nonconstruction
procurements which includes P-Card spend. The Port met its 2022 non-construction
goal of 15%. The Port has driven $44.2M of work to WMBE firms for an overall utilization rate of
16.4%. The table below reflects the dollars in 2022 driven to WMBE businesses broken down by
2022 Non-Construction Utilization 
Division                    Total Port Spend     WMBE Spend       2022          2022 
Goal %      WMBE % 
Aviation (AV)                                  $189.4M              $29.9M           15%          15.8% 
Corporate                                  $30.9M             $8.2M           14%         26.6% 
Economic Development Division (EDD)      $3.7M              $0.6M           14%         16.8% 
Maritime Division (MD)                     $20M               $4.5M           16%         22.4% 
Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA)         $25.3M             $1M             N/A          4% 
Total                                            $269.2M              $44.2M           15%           16.4% 
The Port of Seattle’s Annual Division Goals are established on “Non-Construction” spend in Divisions’ Outside Service budgets 
Since the program launch in 2019, DC staff have established WMBE aspirational goals for
Construction on a project-by-project basis. In 2022, we set a 12.5% Portwide Annual Construction
goal for the first time. However, lower total Port spend on construction, and a large, specialized
project with low WMBE availability resulted in 7.5% total WMBE utilization in construction, as
shown in the table below: 
2022 Construction Utilization* 
2022 Construction*        Total Port Spend         WMBE Spend               WMBE% 
Aviation (AV)               $164.6M                 $9.8M                   6% 
Corporate                 $48.7K                 $1.6K                  3.5% 
Economic  Development  $6.5M                $1.2M                18.5% 
Division (EDD) 
Maritime Division (MD)    $2.8M                  $1.2M                  43.3% 
Northwest       Seaport  $28.8M                $2.6M                 9% 
Alliance (NWSA) 
Total                        $203M                   $15.1M                  7.5% 
*WMBE Aspirational Goals for Construction are set project-by-project 
The table below shows the final Port-wide WMBE attainment for 2022 per division/department,
with a combined WMBE total (construction and non-construction) of 12.6%. The table also
includes the number (351) of WMBE businesses utilized. 
2022 Total Port Spend (Construction & Non-Construction Combined) 
Division                    Total Port Spend      WMBE Spend          WMBE % 
Aviation (AV)                               $354M              $39.6M              11.2% 
Corporate                               $30.9M            $8.2M              26.6% 
Economic Development Division (EDD)     $10.2M            $1.8M              17.9% 
Maritime Division (MD)                   $22.7M             $5.7M               24.9% 

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Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA)       $54.1M            $3.6M              6.7% 
Total Port Spend                          $472.2M           $59.3M             12.6% 
Total Number of WMBE Firms Utilized                                          351 
The table below illustrates the Port’s WMBE percentages and number of firms utilized from one
year to the next. Since 2016, the Port has steadily increased WMBE participation in both 
Port WMBE Utilization 2016-2022 
WMBE    2016    2017    2018*    2019    2020    2021    2022    Policy
Utilization                                                                                               Goal 
Percentage   5.3%      8.8%      8.9%       10%       10.9%     12.1%     12.6%     15% 
Number of  118      200      258      296      325      344      351      354 
The table below provides the 2023 WMBE aspirational percent goals per division/department with a
combined total goal of 15% utilization for non-construction procurements on outside services. 
2023 Non-Construction Goals 
Division               Projected Total       2023 WMBE Projected      2023 WMBE Goal 
Outside Services              Spend 
Aviation Division (AV)      $112.3M                  $15.7M                    14% 
Corporate                $40.9M                 $6.5M                   16% 
Economic Development  $3.9M                $0.6M                 14% 
Division (EDD) 
Maritime Division (MD)    $5.9M                   $1.2M                   20% 
Total                       $163M                    $24M                     15% 
Construction Annual WMBE Goal 
For 2023, the construction WMBE goal is 13%. This goal is based on historical WMBE utilization over the
past three years (average percent utilization between 2020-2022 was 9.93%). Despite ending 2022 with
7.5% WMBE Utilization on construction, we anticipate more projects to be in the construction phase in
2023 and believe 13% WMBE Utilization is a stretch goal for 2023. Achieving 13% in construction
utilization is necessary to reach the Port-wide (construction and non-construction) 5-year goal of 15%
WMBE utilization. 
Under the Diversity in Contracting (DC) Policy Directive, the Port’s efforts in setting annual nonconstruction
goals by division have been successful. The percent utilization of WMBE firms in nonconstruction
continues to follow an upward trajectory. This includes the number of total (construction
and non-construction) WMBE firms utilized, which in 2022 was 351 firms. By the year 2023, the Port’s

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five-year goal is utilization of 354 WMBE firms. On an annual basis, the Port starts at zero in its quest to
achieve its 5-year WMBE goals. 
However, under Washington State’s construction procurement laws and policies, in conjunction with the
State’s anti-affirmative action clauses, government entities have far less control over WMBE utilization on
low-bid lump sum procurements. As a result, WMBE participation may be impacted regardless of their
overall availability to work on Port projects. 
The Port currently sets WMBE aspirational goals on a project-by-project basis, based upon project scope
and WMBE availability. We have been averaging between 8% to 10% on our construction projects thus
far. These averages will need to increase to achieve the set DC goals. 
2023 is the last and final year of the 5-year goal for Diversity in Contracting Policy Directive to try to
achieve the 15% utilization goal. Although we may run short of the 15% utilization goal, the Port has made
tremendous progress in increasing the utilization of WMBE businesses and will continue to strive to
achieve the 15% goal in its final year. The number of WMBE businesses utilized on an annual basis has
continued to grow and appears likely, if the upward trend continues, to reach the 5-year goal of tripling
the number of WMBE firms we partner with. 
The Port continues to set WMBE Divisional goals while exploring additional ways to increase the utilization
of WMBE firms on construction projects. This would be done by: 
•   Leveraging  more  alternative  delivery  methods  like  Design/Build  (D/B)  or  General
Contractor/Construction Management (GC/CM) procurements. Alternative delivery methods
such as these may allow Port staff to continue to push the construction contacting limits to not
only achieve, but perhaps exceed project WMBE goals. 
•   Evaluating opportunities for unbundling projects. 
•   Continuing to breakdown project scopes of work. 
•   Establishing better tie-ins with PortGen training participants within consulting and A&E. 
•   Continuing to outreach and conduct workshops/trainings. 
•   Continuing to partner with community and trade organizations. 
•   Continuing to partner with industry primes. 
The Port is completing a WMBE analysis study in 2023 to identify barriers to WMBE utilization which will
also help inform additional policy or program refinements that will enable the Port to achieve its current
and future Diversity in Contracting Policy Directive goals. Once the initial 5-year cycle of the DC Program
concludes at the end of 2023, the Port will reassess future goals informed by past WMBE data collected
and studies conducted. 
(1) Video 
(2) Presentation slides 

April 12, 2022 – Diversity in Contracting Annual Report 

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April 13, 2021 – Diversity in Contracting Annual Report 
March 26, 2019 – Diversity in Contracting Annual Report 
June 12, 2018 – Commission briefing on Diversity in Contracting program development 
January 8, 2018 – Diversity in Contracting 2nd reading policy and passage of resolution 3737 
December 19, 2017 – Diversity in Contracting Policy Review 
December 12, 2017 - Women and Minority Business Enterprise Policy Review – Resolution 3737 (first
December 5, 2017 - Women and Minority Business Enterprise Policy Review 
November 28, 2017 –Women and Minority Business Enterprise Policy Review 
October 24, 2017 - Women and Minority Business Enterprise Policy Review 
July 12, 2017 – Commission Budget Priorities, Building Economic Opportunity in 
Underserved Communities 
March 28, 2017 – Small Business Development Update 
March 22, 2016 – Small Business Utilization briefing 
December 14, 2014 – Disparity Study briefing 
August 19, 2014 – Small Business Utilization briefing 
January 26, 2010 – Adoption of Resolution No. 3618 concerning small business utilization 

Template revised September 22, 2016.


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