Implementing EDGE at OSFC 2006 Web

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OSFC: Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity: 

OSFC: Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity The State of Ohio is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available to all Ohio businesses

EDGE Background: 

EDGE Background In 2000, the Courts determined that Ohio's minority (MBE) set-aside plan for construction was unenforceable The State could have a business development program for economically and socially disadvantaged Ohio businesses The Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program established by Governor’s Executive Order in 2002 and later created in Ohio Law

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The EDGE program establishes goals for state agencies and universities The program is race and gender neutral The program is not a set-aside or preference program

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EDGE procurement goals apply to state purchases of: goods and services professional services information technology services construction, architecture and engineering

An EDGE participant must be a socially and economically disadvantaged business Criteria set by state law and administered by Ohio Department of Administrative Services : 

An EDGE participant must be a socially and economically disadvantaged business Criteria set by state law and administered by Ohio Department of Administrative Services How Does a Business Qualify for EDGE?

EDGE Qualifications Social Disadvantage: 

• race • ethnic origin • gender • physical/mental disability • residency in a distressed area • other objective relevant reasons EDGE Qualifications Social Disadvantage

Based on EDGE Personal Financial Statement • Personal net worth of each owner less than $250,000 at program entry • Personal net worth of each owner less than $750,000 during program participation : 

Based on EDGE Personal Financial Statement • Personal net worth of each owner less than $250,000 at program entry • Personal net worth of each owner less than $750,000 during program participation EDGE Qualifications Economic Disadvantage

 The business owner must be U.S. citizen and Ohio resident  The company must have been in business at least one year prior to applying for certification as an EDGE (special allowance for joint ventures)  The business must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by EDGE-eligible owner : 

 The business owner must be U.S. citizen and Ohio resident  The company must have been in business at least one year prior to applying for certification as an EDGE (special allowance for joint ventures)  The business must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by EDGE-eligible owner Other EDGE Qualifications

Who Is EDGE Certified?: 

Who Is EDGE Certified? Information on EDGE-certified businesses is available on the EDGE Web site www.EDGE.ohio.gov

www.EDGE.ohio.gov: 

www.EDGE.ohio.gov Certified EDGE Search by county, company, category & other options EDGE Website: General overview Program information FAQs Certification information Search function

www.EDGE.ohio.gov: 

www.EDGE.ohio.gov Procurement Categories: A/E Construction Goods & Services IT Services Professional Services

www.EDGE.ohio.gov: 

www.EDGE.ohio.gov Search by “Construction” yields 313 certified EDGE businesses (as of 5/1/2006)

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Bidder Responsibility now includes EDGE participation requirement EDGE Participation Goal for OSFC funded projects is 5% of the contract award amount What Are the OSFC Program Requirements?

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Prime must meet one of these conditions:  Meet participation goal  Demonstrate Good Faith Effort  Conform to approved local inclusion program Meeting the Requirements

What is Good Faith Effort ?: 

What is Good Faith Effort ? Used State of Ohio’s list of certified EDGE businesses (www.EDGE.ohio.gov) Used reasonable means to solicit capable EDGE firms Selected portions of contract to increase likelihood of EDGE use Provided EDGE businesses with adequate information & time Negotiated in good faith with interested EDGE business Properly rejected interested unqualified EDGE businesses Consulted with organizations that assist in identifying & recruiting EDGE businesses

What’s Different Under EDGE?: 

What’s Different Under EDGE? Standard Conditions of Contract New Post – Bid Forms EDGE Participation Part of Responsibility Review Quarterly Reporting Requirements

New Document: 

New Document EDGE BP-01 Apparent Low Bidder must select one of 3 options:  Option A: 5%(+) participation  Option B: Good Faith Effort  Option C: Meets local school district inclusion program requirement

New Document: 

New Document If Bidder selects “Option B” they must complete EDGE Participation / Demonstration of Good Faith portion of form

New Document: 

New Document EDGE Participation / Demonstration of Good Faith Effort  Questions correspond to definitions of Good Faith Effort

What is Good Faith Effort Again?: 

What is Good Faith Effort Again? Used State of Ohio’s list of certified EDGE businesses (www.EDGE.ohio.gov) Used reasonable means to solicit capable EDGE firms Selected portions of contract to increase likelihood of EDGE use Provided EDGE businesses with adequate information & time Negotiated in good faith with interested EDGE business Properly rejected interested unqualified EDGE businesses Consulted with organizations that assist in identifying & recruiting EDGE businesses

Business Assistance Organizations: 

Business Assistance Organizations Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) www.odod.state.oh.us/DMBA/ptac.htm Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) www.odod.state.oh.us/edd/osb/SBDC/default.htm The Minority Contractors and Business Assistance Program (MCBAP) www.odod.state.oh.us/DMBA/MCBAP.htm

New Document: 

New Document Form 28: EDGE Participation Declaration To be completed post-award for each EDGE-certified vendor

For more information : 

For more information  Contact the Ohio School Facilities Commission (614) 466-6290 www.osfc.state.oh.us