Here's an excerpt from the press release:
The plan includes the following components:
• A “Buy Fort Wayne” preference would be included in commodity purchases, ranging from 1-5% based on the size of the purchase.
• All professional services or “RFP” contracts handled by the Purchasing Department would be scored on a 100-point scale. Bidders would be given points for their experience and quality and their price. In addition, bidders would be given points for whether they were a business located in Fort Wayne, Allen County, or the region. Bidders from outside of the region could earn points by subcontracting a significant amount of their work to a local company.
• The Purchasing Department would be required to maintain a registry of companies which express interest in selling to the City. This registry would be consulted as bids or Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) are issued by the Department.
• For large contracts of $100,000 or more, the Purchasing Department would hold a pre-bid conference where prospective bidders could meet prospective sub-contractors and the details of the project would be explained.
“Fort Wayne spends millions of dollars every year in buying the goods and services it needs to operate and serve our citizens,” said Goldner. “I believe that the City’s dollars are best spent in supporting local businesses whenever possible. That recycles more of our tax dollars into jobs and income for workers and businesses in our city and our region, which is good for everyone.”
This is the best idea I've seen from any candidate to date. Kudos to Karen Goldner...