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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia supports Best Value Procurement Amendment

Posted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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The Chamber encourages Philadelphia to approve measure on May 16th

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia supports an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter that would allow the City’s Procurement Office to eliminate antiquated procurement rules from 1951 that require the City to grant awards to the lowest bidder, and instead grant contracts based on “Best Value.” In doing so, the City of Philadelphia would be joining the Federal government, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and 18 of the largest 20 cities in the country in using good business measures of past performance, budget, and schedule, amongst others, as a part of the granting matrix through which City contracts are awarded.

The Chamber’s mission is to attract, retain and grow jobs for the city and region. We follow principles of economic competitiveness to guide our public policy. We believe that government at all levels must operate in an efficient way to maximize the services that it provides, and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia will work with other organizations to advance an agenda leading to economic growth and prosperity.

To this end, we believe that using best value versus lowest bid creates opportunity for the assessment of, amongst other factors, competency, capacity, and impact, the latter of which is a driving force of The Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth initiative, which is a comprehensive effort to work with Chamber members, the Mayor’s Administration, City Council, neighborhood organizations and civic associations on a job-growth agenda aimed at reducing the poverty rate.

We know that small businesses in particular, many of whom support neighborhood development and partnership, but who work with tighter margins, are often unable to compete with larger corporations in a lowest bid environment. We are encouraged by what best value, when coupled with transparency, public input, and expertise can accomplish towards government efficiency.

We encourage Philadelphia voters to support this measure.

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