Minority Set-Asides & the "Fair Share" Program

9. Would your administration continue the policy of minority set-asides and the "Fair Share" program as is, enlarge it, reduce it, or eliminate it altogether?

Arlena Acree
Fair Share is not a quota program and is not a set-side program. Fair Share  is a program that was approved in August 1999.  The program provides an opportunity for individuals and companies to do business with the city of Shreveport. The criteria are: they must have a personal net worth of $250k or less and a business net worth of $ 750K or less.   Once a company meets the threshold, they receive a letter or notification that they have graduated from the program. The program is for small, minority and women owned businesses, which some are certified. The program is completely monitored. I would like to see more local business participation and would possibly look into adding and additional support staff to that department.

Vernon Adams

Madjun Ali
Programs that work for the City of Shreveport will not be disturbed.

Ed Bradley
The Bradley administration will see that the Fair Share Program is implemented and executed.

Cedric Glover

Tim Goeders

Henry Hodge-Bey
I must look at it much closer.

Jerry Jones

Max Malone

Wilson McMullan

Liz Swaine
I need to clarify that quotas and set-asides were ruled to be illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court, so Fair Share is not a set-aside program. Fair Share is a contract with businesses stating that if they want to get money from the city they should be inclusive in their purchasing and hiring of subcontractors. Prior to 1998, less than 5% of all city contracts were given to either minority or women-owned businesses. The city set a 25% goal to encourage these large companies to start hiring smaller, minority and women-owned businesses as their subcontrators on jobs. The desire was to help these smaller companies grow and become larger so that they would eventually no longer need the help of Fair Share to get work and in several cases that has happened. Fair Share is not perfect and can show both successes and failures, but at least it was attempted. I would like to keep Faire Share in a version that would allow larger businesses to mentor smaller companies to help them overcome the hurdles of bonding, bidding, quality control and other issues that young start-ups often have trouble with. These large companies will come to know and trust these start-ups allowing strong partnerships to develop which will help our smaller companies grow and encourage our larger companies to more actively participate in Fair Share.