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2020 Annual Diversity ReportDIVERSITY ANNUAL REPORT ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN SEWER DISTRICT FY2020 2 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT MSD’s AUTHENTIC COMMITMENT MSD’s Manager of Diversity Programs shares how a deep-rooted and authentic commitment to diversity is the foundation of MSD programs. 4| 5| 7| 8| 9| 11| 12| 14| 16| 17| 18 | 19 | Please note, data in the report is valid as of September 2020. As project documentation is finalized, precise numbers may fluctuate. TABLE OF CONTENTS DIVERSITY CORE VALUES FY2020 DISPARITY STUDY UPDATE LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD INCLUSION BY DESIGN SMALL CONTRACTOR PROGRAM WOMEN IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROGRAMS THAT BUILD MSD AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE YEAR IN REVIEW LOOK AHEAD PARTNERING WITH MSD Lemay West Wastewater Treatment Plant METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 3 Fiscal Year 2020 held many unforeseen changes for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). Although MSD, and the rest of the world, faced bold, new challenges—our commitment to our customers, contractors, and the region we serve, has never wavered. As Essential Services, our projects, diversity initiatives, and workforce goals remain a primary focus as we navigate the new realities of COVID-19. In this third edition of MSD’s Annual Diversity Report, we tell the stories of MSD staff, contractors, and the impacts to operations and activities caused by COVID-19. We are happy to share with you the data of our Capital Improvement and Replacement Programs (CIRP)—construction utilization (FY20), design utilization (FY20), small contactor program (FY20), and other program highlights of diversity annual updates. We hope you find this report useful and informative. We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we might improve future reports to meet your needs. BRIAN HOELSCHER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO 4 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT SHONNAH PAREDES MANAGER OF DIVERSITY PROGRAMS SHONNAH PAREDES Manager of Diversity Programs LARRY WOODS Diversity Construction Supervisor SHEILA THOMAS Account Associate Senior YULANDA BRADY M/WBE Compliance Specialist MIKAL HICKS M/WBE Compliance Specialist MARNITA SPIGHT M/WBE Compliance Specialist GARY FORD M/WBE Compliance Inspector JEREMY GRISBY M/WBE Compliance Inspector VANADA JOHNSON M/WBE Compliance Inspector DENICE JONES M/WBE Compliance Inspector BRIAN WARD M/WBE Compliance Inspector DIVERSITY TEAM Like many public organizations, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s Business Diversity Programs experienced unprecedented challenges by the end of its fiscal year 2020 (June 30, 2020). Adaptation and responsiveness as an Essential Service were crucial in keeping with our mission to provide a safe environment. MSD remains committed to diversity and inclusion principles to support community-based partnerships and involvement throughout the region. Although the unforeseen magnitude and significance of events in 2020 are something that no one could have reasonably planned for, it has strengthened our expectations for living up to our values. MSD’s Annual Diversity Program results represent the level of commitment for continuous improvement of the health and safety of the environment, our residents, and ratepayers. MSD reaffirms its commitment to remain consistent with building a genuinely diverse and inclusive workforce and supply chain. MSD has commissioned the next analysis of its prime and subcontractor performance by conducting an update to the 2012 Disparity Study for the next five-year period (2013-2017) by Mason Tillman and Associates. MSD anticipates the release of results by the end of its current fiscal year (June 30, 2021). METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 5 VISION Support an environment that promotes diversity and equality for all. MISSION Aid in efforts to continuously improve the health, safety, and water environment of our residents and ratepayers through business practices that represent a commitment to inclusivity and equality. AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE INTEGRITY Promote ethical behavior at all times. Treat others fairly and with respect. COMMUNITY Invest and reaffirm commitment to be involved with efforts that promote strategies that address challenges unmet. TEAMWORK Believe in working together to accomplish our mission through open communication, trust, respect, and diversity. INNOVATION Strive to continuously improve and embrace innovative ideas that help achieve excellence. EMPLOYEES Help everyone to reach their highest potential, and value each person’s contributions toward achieving inclusive success. CUSTOMERS Build resilient relationships by providing services and programs that are representative of the communities we serve. MSD’s diversity team is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. Our commitment is strengthened by promoting a culture which drives economic empowerment into the communities we live and work in. We shall strive to uphold key measures of equality and inclusivity with our Diversity programming. 6 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT MSD CONDUCTSDISPARITY STUDY ESTABLISHED NEW M/WBE GOALS ESTABLISHED WORKFORCE GOALS FOR PROJECTS OVER $500,000 2012 2013 - 2015 SIGNED COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT INTRODUCED FIRST SOURCE HIRING AND BUD TRAINING PROGRAM WITH SLATE LAUNCHED SIUE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM PARTNERED WITH ST. LOUIS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2018 MSD BOARD COMMISSIONED DISPARITY UPDATE MASON TILLMAN & ASSOCIATES CONTRACTED TO PERFORM THE UPDATE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISPARITY STUDY RESULTS 2020 - 2021 2019 DISPARITY STUDY TEAM METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 7 The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) is committed to a culture which promotes inclusiveness of diversity across the organization. As such, it’s a priority at MSD to focus efforts in areas of workforce development and programming which assist minority- and women-owned businesses to be successful. In early 2019, MSD announced it would conduct an update to its 2012 Disparity Study. Results from the initial study were implemented a little over six years ago and became the agent for the magnitude of expansive offerings of diverse initiatives currently in place at MSD. The current environment includes contractor goal percentages for the utilization of MBE’s/WBE’s, staffing of MWBE Compliance Inspectors, on- the-job trainings, internships, scholarships, and other diverse programs and initiatives. “While the pandemic has impacted our short- term plans for completing the disparity study update at an earlier date this year, we’ve continued to forge ahead even during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Shonnah Paredes, MSD’s Manager of Diversity Programs. MSD established with its Board and Stakeholders that the District would assess progress made with addressing the disparities identified by the original 2012 study. Therefore, the update will include identification of any statistically significant disparities in award of MSD Capital contracts to MWBE’s; validation that goal percentages for the utilization of MWBE’s on MSD contracts are fair and equitable in the distribution of awards and payments to MWBE’s; and validation of workforce goal percentages for the utilization of minorities, women, and apprentices on MSD projects. The comprehensive update analysis will also analyze availability of diverse participation on MSD’s Capital Program contracts. Finally, MSD’s current diversity programming, systems, practices, and processes will be reviewed to ensure fair and equitable business practices allow for fair and competitive opportunities for those companies who want to do business with MSD. Mason Tillman and Associates, LTD, a minority-and woman- owned firm, conducted the original Disparity Study in 2012, thereby establishing the original baseline data and methodology that will be used to conduct the current update. The firm brings experience and qualifications in preparing comprehensive and legally sound disparity studies representative of having conducted over 141 unchallenged disparity studies since 1990. Considered to be subject matter industry experts, the project team of professionals holds advanced degrees in statistics, mathematics, computer science, social science and law. “We anticipate that the Disparity Study Update will be completed in this fiscal year and that MSD will begin implementation plans of the results by the beginning of our next fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2021.” DISPARITYSTUDY UPDATE FY2020 8 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s (MSD) workforce initiatives seeks to positively impact employee career choices by offering pathways that help employees reach their high- est potential. Sheila Thomas joined MSD Engineering Department’s Cen- tral Files Group in 2014. Her position as an Office Associate allowed her to support multiple MSD departments and learn the various aspects of how each division operates throughout the organization. In 2018 Sheila transferred onto MSD’s Diversity team. “It has been great for my career development,” Thomas said. Since joining Diversity, Sheila has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and become instrumental in furthering the development of MSD’s Diversity Reporting System for tracking and monitoring compliance. “I have learned a lot about how MSD programs provide real opportunities for minority and women contractors,” she said. Her desire to assist MSD contractors is evident to all she encounters. In 2019, Sheila re- ceived a promotion to Account Associate Senior which plays an integral part to the MSD Diversity team efforts. She serves as the point of contact for MSD’s prime contractors, subcontractors and internal customers in providing the technical resources they need. “Specifically, she is the MDR (MSD Diversity Reporting) guru that holds it all together between the District and the contractors,” stated Manager of Diversity Programs, Shon- nah Paredes. Sheila is enthusiastic and a true champion who is proud to be a part of a division that is responsible for working directly in the community to assist and help under-utilized, minority- and women-owned businesses. “It feels good being a part of that process,” Thomas said. “A minority contractor can start out in our small contractor program then continue to grow through the opportunities available at MSD; they can aim for the bigger projects, and I’m here to help them.” LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD SHEILA THOMAS ACCOUNT ASSOCIATE SENIOR Diversity has been great for my career development. Sheila Thomas METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 9 Rebecca Barefoot Losli, P.E., is Program Manager Planning, an engineering division of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). She manages 20 civil engineers who produce conceptual plans and preliminary studies for MSD projects. Losli also manages field service contractors who produce information “we use to better plan for future investments. Their reports also support our investigations to better understand problems and advance solutions,” Losli said. She is also actively involved in MSD’s community engagement initiatives. At community meetings, Rebecca discusses infrastructure projects and she coordinates solutions for homeowners, one-on-one. “I do enjoy engaging customers as part of my job, and I want to make customer service rewarding,” she said. FY2020: CIRP DESIGN UTILIZATION DESIGN CONTRACTS AWARDED: 11 TOTAL: $2,604,773TOTAL PAID TO PRIMES: $17,437,473 FY2020: DESIGN WORKFORCE UTILIZATION *Watershed contracts were amended to current workforce goals 37.3% WOMEN(goal: 32%) 37% 2019 35% 2018 33% 2017 17.7% 2020 MINORITY(goal: 18%) 16% 2019 16% 2018 15% 2017M/WBE ACTIVECONTRACT PAYMENTS MBE$6,245,859WBE$1,759,861TOTAL$8,005,720M/WBECOMMITMENTS MBE$736,789WBE$223,345TOTAL$960,134% TOTAL DESIGN PROFESSIONALS WORKFORCE: 55% 28.2 8.5%36.8%35.8%10.1%45.9% 2020 INCLUSION BY DESIGN FY2020: DESIGN UTILIZATION REBECCA BAREFOOT LOSLI, P.E. PROGRAM MANAGER PLANNING 10 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT FY2020: SMALL CONTRACTORS PROGRAM PB | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT FY2020 WORK ORDERS TOTAL PROGRAM WORK ORDERS: 341 TOTAL M/WBE WORK ORDERS: 102 FY2019 PROGRAM SPEND SANITARY IR - $2,023,902OMCI STORM - $1,636,419TOTAL - $3,660,321 M/WBE$697,405M/WBE$507,269TOTAL$1,204,67429.9% FY2020 M/WBE PARTICIPATION M/WBE DOLLARS M/WBE PERCENTAGE OF PROGRAM DOLLARS 38.1%201820192020$1,350,628 32.9% $1,204,674 34.4%31% 34.6% $1,605,200 10 | FY 2019 DIVERSITY REPORT METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 11 Hector Maldonado started Aztec Construction Specialties, LLC four years ago. He used his construction background and experience to get certified as a MBE contractor with the City of St. Louis and quickly got pre-qualified to participate on MSD’s Small Contractor Program in 2016. The Small Contractor Program is designed to help small firms with limited exposure and experience in the sewer industry to gain valuable experience in the sewer construction industry. These firms perform all work as a prime which increases their ability to build capital and capacity. The small projects (under $50,000) have no bonding requirements, fewer up-front capital demands, and an informal low bid process that restricts the competition to like-sized firms. Typical project opportunities include but are not limited to Point Repair Replacement of Sewers, Inlet/Manhole Repair, Small Sewer Extensions, Primate Inflow Removals, and SSP (Sewer Separation) Projects. By competing in MSD’s small contractor space, Hector gained valuable sewer industry experience through his company’s extensive volume of work with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). “Initially, we worked on the small program, doing small repairs and maintenance,” said Maldonado. “Over this short time, we have grown our capacity for projects above $500,000.” Participating in the Small Contractor Program provided the necessary foundation for Aztec to now compete for higher valued MSD projects in MSD’s Capital Program. “We have done about 100 projects. MSD is great to work with and very helpful,” says Maldonado. Aztec is a prime example of how a small business can successfully start out with limited capital, use programs such as MSD’s Small Contractor Program to build capacity and with the right resources and business model can reach their intended goals and objectives for sustainable growth even through a pandemic. Even with COVID-19, Aztec Construction Specialties, LLC has been able to move forward and adapt. Maldonado explains that he wants his staff to be safe in the office as well as in the field. They are taking every precaution to get the jobs done safely and on time. HECTOR MALDONADO AZTEC CONSTRUCTION SPECIALTIES, LLC SMALL CONTRACTOR 341 MSD projects qualified for the small contractor program this year. 50% opportunity for M/WBEs to perform as a prime on each bid. $50,000 maximum dollar amount is considered a small contract with MSD. 12 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT Women-owned businesses represent 36 percent of all U.S. based companies. Half of those businesses are in the following categories: personal services, healthcare, and professional/technical services, according to the U.S Census Bureau. Among these businesses, African American/ Black women-owned businesses continue to lead in the number of new start-ups. Just two years after founding Excel Business Concepts (Excel BC), a certified minority- and women-owned (M/WBE) led by Crystal Allen Dallas, she secured her first sub- contract with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD.) Three years later, Excel BC is part of the public engagement consultant team assisting with MSD Project Clear (MSDPC), a $7 billion infrastructure improvement effort. Crystal credits MSD’s strong commitment to diversity with helping her succeed. “Working with MSD has been a great opportunity for me as a small business. It is another example that the processes and programs MSD have in place ensure access for all,” she said. Since 2016, Excel BC has contributed to numerous MSD projects, including MSDPC Public Engagement Consultant Team; MSD Know Your Zone; MSD Customer Assistance Program (CAP), the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Project, Making Sewers Dynamic: Exploring 2 Utilities as ONE and MSD Diversity Division’s Annual Report. “MSD is the fourth largest sewer district in the country. Having the opportunity to work with an organization of this size has helped to grow my business,” Allen Dallas said, adding, “But it also says from an industry perspective, ‘This company has what it takes to succeed at this level.’” WOMEN INPROFESSIONAL SERVICES CRYSTAL ALLEN DALLAS EXCEL BUSINESS CONCEPTS Working with MSD has been a great opportunity for me as a small business. It is another example that the processes and programs MSD have in place ensure access for all. Crystal Allen Dallas METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 13 FY2019: CIRP CONSTRUCTION UTILIZATION SIXETY-EIGHTNON-BUILDING(17% African American MBE ) ELEVENSTATE FUNDED(10% mbe/10% wbe) FOURUNDER $50K(no goals) $143,794,021 TOTAL AWARDS TO PRIMES 79CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AWARDED M/WBE COMMITMENTS M/WBE ACTIVE CONTRACTS TOTAL PAID TO PRIMES: $224,073,856MBE$18,276,032WBE$16,282,553TOTAL$34,558,58512.7%11.3%24%MBE$31,435,398WBE$22,075,816TOTAL$53,511,2149.8%23.8%14% FY2020: CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION FY2020: CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE UTILIZATION 581,233 HOURSBUILDING CONSTRUCTION /NON-BLDG CONSTRUCTION goal: 30% MINORITY | 7% WOMEN 40% APPRENTICE (if used) 151,037 HOURSSTATE FUNDED goal: 14.7% MINORITY | 6.9% WOMEN 161 ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTSWITH WF GOALS goal: 14.7% MINORITY | 6.9% WOMEN 732,271 HOURSTOTAL WORKED *Workforce applies to construction contracts exceeding $500,000 **Workforce applies to State Funded Construction contracts exceeding $10,000 26.7 %29.6%29.7%201820192020MINORITY - 30 % HOURS - 196,065UNDER GOAL - 23,616 7.0% 6.0%7.0%201820192020WOMEN - 7.0% HOURS - 52,513OVER GOAL - 1,255 APPRENTICE - 40 % HOURS - 60,412OVER GOAL - 22,694 14 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT BUD SUCCESS BY THE NUMBERS: The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) is committed to supporting initiatives that seek to address the demand for a trained and qualified minority and female workforce. The Building Union Diversity (BUD) training program, nationally recognized for its community impact, was established in 2014. It is a five-week union construction pre-apprenticeship program. The program is available for free to qualifying minorities, women, and military veterans. While efforts had to pivot due to COVID-19, the BUD program adjusted to continue to administer the program. The program boasts a 92 percent completion rate. “BUD provides both job and personal support services that offer participants and placed graduates the best possible chance for success,” said Russ Signorino, BUD Program Director. PROGRAMS THAT BUILD BUD provides both job and personal support services that offer participants and placed graduates the best possible chance for success. Russ Signorino, Building Union Diversity (BUD) Program MSD WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM 83% placement rate of program graduates 250 completed the pre-apprenticeship program over the last six years 19 BUD cohorts graduated since 2014 14 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 15 ERTC SCHOLARSHIPS Provides minorities and women with opportunities for education, internships, and employment with- in the wastewater and stormwater treatment plant industry. One way MSD keeps its capital program inclusive and representative of the St. Louis population is via the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), a formal agreement with community organizations addressing diverse workforce participation, business development, and obstacles related to developing a diverse labor pool and contracting community. The CBA supports the development of initiatives that address these issues. EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIP COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 15 BUD PARTNERS Associated General Contractors CWIT Employment Connections Epworth Father’s Support Center St. Vincent DePaul St. Louis Community Credit Union St. Louis County Workforce Development SLATE United Way of Greater St. Louis TWO FULL-RIDE SCHOLAR-SHIPS AWARDEDFY20 COMPLETED ALL CLASSROOM REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED TWO INTERNSHIPS SCHEDULED TO TAKE CERTIFICATION EXAMS COMPLETED ALL CLASSROOM REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED INTERNSHIP 2 - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2 - OPERATIONS 1-MINORITY MALE 1- FEMALE ST. LOUIS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2020 CBA SIGNATORIES Coalition of Black Trade Unionist CORE MCC Metropolitan Congregations United MOKAN M-SLICE NAACP City Branch NAACP County Branch National Society of Black Engineers Universal African Peoples Organization 16 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT PEGGY CARLISLE-TAYLOR, OWNERRAINBOW CONNECTION, INC.PROJECT(S): MALINE, DEER CREEK, AND KINGSLAND TANK “Thankfully, we have been able to still work on the MSD projects or a lot of us would be out of business. Thank you so very much!” VICKI LAROSE, PRESIDENTCIVIL DESIGN, INC.PROJECT(S): KINGLAND SANITARY STORAGE FACILITY “Our project continued on as planned, which help keep our team members working. This project adapted to remote working quickly.” SPENCER MASON, PRINCIPALDAVE MASON AND ASSOCIATESPROJECT(S): REHAB PROJECTS – SEWER CLEANING AND TELEVISING “Working on projects during this pandemic has made us (DMA) hyper aware of our surroundings and the needed safety measures day to day. It has made us appreciate the opportunity to continue working safety.” MSD: HOW HAS WORKING ON MSD PROJECT(S) IMPACTED YOUR BUSINESS DURING COVID-19? The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) is a wastewater and stormwater utility and defined as an “Essential Service” to maintain 100 percent of its operations. The organization quickly adapted to a rapidly changing environment during the COVID-19 crisis. This required immediate, drastic and necessary variations of operating and communicating to meet the demands for providing wastewater and stormwater management services during a crisis situation. MSD responded without hesitation in deploying efforts to preserve all stakeholders, employees, and contractors’ safety and well-being. In doing so, minority-and women-owned businesses have also continued to maintain performance on MSD projects during the economic downturn of 2020. There is still much work yet to do, however, MSD consistently emphasize to consultant, contractors, and suppliers alike that now more than ever is a time when work opportunities are crucial and serve a vital role in the restoration of jobs in the communities of MSD’s service area. AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE 16 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 17 METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 17 A YEAR IN REVIEW Left: Shonnah Paredes receives the 2019 Public Sector Executive of the Year MOKAN 45th Awards Dinner (Shonnah Paredes, Larry Woods, Brian Hoelscher, Yulanda Brady, Treinnea Russell). Right: 2019 Construction Career Day Left: 2019 Construction Career Day Right: Shonnah Paredes receives the 2019 Service to the People Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. As pictured: Brian Hoelscher, Michael Buechter, Larry Woods, Michelle Meier. * All photos in this section were taken prior to the implementation of pandemic restrictions. 18 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT LARGE INCINERATOR PROJECT The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District manages approximately 4,700 miles of wastewater and force mains, 3,000 miles of stormwater sewers and force mains, and seven wastewater treatment plants to treating an average of 350 million gallons of water every day (mgd). MSD intends to replace the existing multiple-hearth incinerator at both its Bissell Point and Lemay treatment facilities with newer Fluidized Bed Incinerator (FBI) technology. MSD will engage in an open, competitive design-build procurement for the improvements at both plants. Interested parties may request meetings with the District to ask questions or express interest in the Project. MSD asks that all inquiries be through Rich Unverferth, Director of Engineering, who can be reached at (314) 768-6285. DESIGN-BUILD PROCUREMENT PROCESS A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is slated for release in the first half of 2021 as a design- build project. Up to three design-build teams may be short-listed from the qualification submittals received. These teams will then be issued a Request for Proposal (RFP), which will include design concepts that have been developed to approximately 30 percent completion. The short-listed teams will then be given ample time to develop the design concept to a completion level (roughly 60 percent complete or more) that will allow the team to submit a fixed price proposal for the project. At this time, the District estimates the following level of investment for this project: >> Pre-Selected Equipment: Estimated $140-$160 million >> Design Build Contract (excluding Pre-Selected Equipment): Estimated $350-$400 million To learn more about this project visit: msprojectclear.org/smu LOOK AHEAD 2020 2021 2022 2023 PROJECT TIMELINE INDUSTRY DAY PRE-SELECTEDEQUIPMENT DECISION REQUEST FORQUALIFICATIONS REQUEST FORPROPOSALS NOTICE TO PROCEED COMPLETEANTICIPATED 3 YEARS2026 18 | FY 2020 DIVERSITY REPORT METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT | 19 PARTNERING WITH MSD CONTRACTOR RESOURCES ENGINEERING Sharon Holt | 314. 768.6285 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING Lisa Treat | 314.768.6269 SMALL CONTRACTOR PROGRAM Michael Buetcher | 314.768.2772 DIVERSITY PROGRAMS Shonnah Paredes | 314.768.6395 COMMODITIES Gina Jamison | 314.768.6314 ACCEPTABLE M/WBE CERTIFYING PARTNERS If your company is certified as a minority- or woman-owned business, or you wish to learn more about the certification programs or how to become certified, visit msdprojectclear.org or contact Diversity Programs at 314.768.6395. Acceptable M/WBE certifying partners include: CITY OF ST. LOUIS flystl.diversitycompliance.com 314.426.8111 MISSOURI STATE OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY oeo.mo.gov/oeo_certifications 573.751.8130 As the clean water provider for the Metro area, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is committed to doing its part to contribute to the continued economic growth of the communities in its service areas. The utility continuously seeks to identify certified minority- and women-owned businesses in the areas of engineering design, construction, service and supplies contractors. MSD IN THE COMMUNITY The following annual events provide opportunity for both interested people and companies to connect with MSD throughout the year. The dates are subject to change, please check our website or call us for up-to- date times, dates and places. JANUARY 2021 MSD Annual Design Industry Forecast Presentation FEBRUARY 2021 Site Improvement Association Infrastructure Expo APRIL 2021 MSD Annual Construction Capital Improvement and Replacement Program Presentation ONGOING Diversity Fairs for Tunnel and Storage Facility Projects Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District 2350 Market Street St. Louis, MO 63103-2555 314.768.6260 diversity@stlmsd.com msdprojectclear.org/diversity