What is the Evaluator Program?
On December 16, 2009, Portland, Oregon's city council passed an historic ordinance which provides another step toward equality and parity for ethnic minorities and small business owners and professionals. Current rules call for Portland city bureaus to convene a panel of at least three people to evaluate responses to Request for Proposals and Request for Qualifications. At least one of the panelists must be a person of color from the private sector, vetted by the Alliance of Minority Chambers.
We want you to sign up to serve as a volunteer panelist based upon your knowledge, experience or skill set. The number of minority panelist on the evaluation panel increases as the overall number of people on the committee increases.
Small Business Owners, Professionals and Retirees are also welcome. We want to tap as much expertise and positive participation as possible. This process is open to all people of color regardless of age, nationality or gender.
This is your opportunity to serve on an evaluation panel and help make recommendations regarding awards for primarily professional and technical services. This new ordinance also extends to evaluations for review of the same as issued by the Portland Development Commission.
Each evaluator selected will receive advance training on the evaluation procedures.
Volunteer a few hours of your time to help enhance the current evaluation process. Please remember that this process does not give preferential treatment to any responder to an RFP or RFQ. This is designed to make sure that we do everything possible to include a diverse panel including minorities and small business owners and professionals.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.