August 26, 2011
Vendor Contract Awards Announced for Cost-Savings Initiative
As follow up to the “Update on Procurement Project with Deloitte” in the August 19, Board Bulletin, preliminary contract award notice announcements were communicated today to vendors in the categories of facilities maintenance, temporary labor and social services transportation.
A complete list of the selected vendors is available online.
Overall projected annual savings will range from $2 million to $2.75 million, depending on the volume of services purchased in each category. This range represents approximately 19 percent savings on a combined spend total of $14.3 million in these three categories. Once contracts are approved, staff will monitor and track actual spending to identify actual savings each month.
In addition to the projected savings, MWSBE participation was significant across the categories. Therefore, the County will be able to maintain and in some cases exceed the targeted percentage of MWSBE vendors.
Savings were driven through the following three strategic sourcing processes, in partnership with Deloitte Consulting:
- Aggregation of spending across departments and independent agencies (e.g., CMS, CPCC, Sheriff’s Office)
- A rigorous competitive bidding process with aligned specifications and standardized bid templates
- Dedicated resources and strong cross-departmental teams
In some cases, current vendors were able to lower their current price to retain the business. In other instances, the competitive process attracted new vendors that provided the lowest bid.
The Board will be asked to approve the final contracts at upcoming regular meetings.
Board members with questions about the savings initiative should contact General Manager John McGillicuddy at 704-336-2661 or Finance Director Dena Diorio 704-336-2228.
Disaster Loan Center Opens for County Flood Victims
Local residents affected by flooding on August 5, 2011 may apply for low-interest federal disaster assistance loans. The Disaster Loan Center in Charlotte opened on August 23 and will close on September 1. Employees from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and N.C. Emergency Management are meeting with loan applicants to explain the SBA’s disaster loan program process and help people complete their applications.
SBA disaster loans are available to eligible homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and many nonprofit organizations. Depending on individual circumstances, SBA disaster loans can cover damaged structures, personal belongings, inventory, equipment, assets, and vehicles. Eligibility, loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA.
Residents affected by the flood can obtain assistance by visiting the Mecklenburg County Disaster Loan Outreach Center on the second floor of the Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street. The Center is open daily through September 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sunday, August 28. Questions about the Center can be answered by calling 704-432-4981.
People also can contact the SBA directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; by calling 1-800-659-2955; or online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ .
Board members with questions should contact Storm Water Management Director Dave Canaan via email or 704-336-3736.
-- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager