Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Karen Goldner Releases Buy Fort Wayne Plan

Fort Wayne's 2nd District City Council Democratic nominee Karen Goldner released a plan today that would help ensure that our local tax dollars stay local. Readers of this blog will know that I'm a big proponent of this concept and I addressed the city council on this very topic during the Harrison Square public hearing. I am absolutely thrilled that Goldner takes this seriously and I would encourage everyone to put pressure on their candidate/councilman of choice to support Karen's plan:

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...


Karen Goldner said...

Thanks, Jeff. The news release should be posted on the campaign website (www.citizensforgoldner.com) later today.

Rachel said...

City Council needs a thinking person like Karen. 2nd district voters have a duty to elect her this fall for the benefit of all city residents and tax payers.

Parson said...

I looks like a good plan. It's kind of sad the city doesn't always try to buy from local business already.

John B. Kalb said...

How can Karen push something like this when she is a member of our Redevelopment Commission which voted unanimously to award the management contract for the boondoggle stadium, WITHOUT going out for bids plus awarding the development contract, again without public bids, to an Atlanta, GA developer! Plus, the contract for the hotel portion of H.S. is, for all practical matters, a single-source agreement since the Specifications have changed from a 1st class hotel into a lower-middle class one again WITHOUT allowing those that did not bid a chance to rebid on the smaller one with a much higher percentage of tax dollars and free land being included.
Makes you wonder how much "doubletalk" will we have to put up with, if,(although it's unlikely) she gets elected to our common council in November. John B. Kalb