Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Room: TBD


  • Carrie L. Baxandall, COBID Program Manager, State of Oregon
  • Nate McCoy, Executive Director, National Association Minority Contractors Oregon
  • Bobby Daniels, Portland Housing Bureau
  • Afton Walsh, Community Outreach Director, Walsh Construction
  • Dulce Weston, Project Engineer, Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Bremik Construction

Oregon’s tight labor market makes it extremely difficult for housing developers to find qualified and available Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses general contractors and subcontractors, especially in rural Oregon. This workshop will explore existing and emerging new government regulations related to MWESB contracting as well as opportunities for housing development, construction management, advocacy, and government agencies to work together to expand utilization of MWESB firms as a means for building affordable housing and wealth creation opportunities within communities of color.