The following list is a collection of case studies and minority participation/diversity plans that can help serve as a framework for your project(s). Do you have something to contribute to this section? Please email me


Creating Access and Opportunity for Minority-Owned Businesses and People of Color on Construction Projects (presentation slides from Mel King Institute for community building training)
Using design scientist Buckminster Fuller’s Trimtab Principle as a framework, this training is designed to help construction projects create access and opportunity for minority-owned businesses and people of color.

Inclusive Procurement And Contracting: Building a Field of Police and Practice
This study, commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, surveys the current landscape on inclusive procurementand contracting policies and practices in the infrastructure and construction industries.

Improving Procurement Processes to Promote Economic Equity
City leaders are in a unique position to implement innovative practices that can transform their communities and drive better outcomes for their cities. This guide makes the case for equitable contracting as one such transformative practice and will show that a focus on the engagement of diverse contractors and vendors is beneficial not just for those entrepreneurs, but for society at large

For the People, By The People
A Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative case study exploring best practices for maximizing resident, minority, female and m/wbe participation on construction projects as learned through the Kroc Center construction process.

For the People, By The People 2.0
A Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative case study exploring best practices for maximizing resident, minority, female and m/wbe participation on construction projects as learned through the Choice Neighborhoods construction process.

Building Equity in the Construction Trades: A Racial Equity Impact Statement
The Urban Jobs Task Force and Legal Services of Central New York created this report to investigate the racial disparities in the construction trades and the opportunities to create equity within them.

Culture, Collaboration & Capital: Leveraging Procurement for Economic Equity
explores how the public sector, specifically local government, can promote equity through its procurement practices. Local governments spend an estimated $1.5 trillion on contracts for goods, services and construction annually, according to the report, and they are well-positioned to give opportunities to minority-owned businesses. Using their buying power, local governments can be a force for greater economic equity. 

Sample Contract Language
Carefully crafted contractual language that reflects your workforce requirements are one part of a successful diversity strategy.  

Portland Metro Region Construction Workforce Market Study
An in-depth construction workforce market study to help Metro and partners effectively invest resources toward promotion of equitable growth in the region's economy through the enhancement of career opportunities for women and people of color in the construction trades.

City of Boston New Schools Construction Program
Economic opportunities in construction.

Our Schools, Our Futures -- Making Career Opportunities with the Boston Public Schools
A Campaign Report by Community Labor United.

The Construction Careers Handbook
How to Build Coalitions and Win Agreements That Create Career Pathways for Low Income People and Lift Up Construction Industry Jobs

Community Benefits Agreements
Making development projects accountable.

Using Government Policy To Create Middle Class Green Construction Careers

Community Workforce Agreements: The Pathway to Coalitions Between Labor and Community
An Appendix To The Road Map to Emerald Cities: A Building and Construction Trades Union Program To Green Our Cities, Build Our Communities and Strengthen Our Democracy

Constructing Buildings & Building Careers - Summary
How Local Governments in Los Angeles are Creating Real Career Pathways for Local Residents

Finishing The Job: Best Practices for a Diverse Workforce in the Construction Industry
A Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues How-To Manual for construction owners, developers, managers, contractors, subcontractors, building trades unions, trading and apprenticeship programs and community-based organizations

Building America While Building Our Middle Class
Best Practices for P3 Infrastructure Projects

Constructing Buildings & Building Careers
How Local Governments in Los Angeles are Creating Real Career Pathways for Local Residents

Green Construction Careers Program
A Model for Workers, Communities, the Environment and a Better Construction Industry