Many people are aware of how the City of Worcester can not just pick and choose the contractors that they want to use. We have Purchasing Department that puts out RFP's (Request for Proposals), solicits bids and picks the winning bid while following the state procurement laws. Check out the site on-line. This ensures fairness and that the City of Worcester tax dollars are spent wisely.
What alot of people do not know is that the CDC's are not subject to this. Originally I got to believe that the thought was that their projects would be small in nature so why make it cumbersome for them, which makes sense. I highly doubt that anyone would envision the big business these projects have become. It is not atypical to see projects in the 5 to 20 million dollar range.
My point here is that the City of Worcester should look into how they could require anyone receiving HOME funds over a certain threshold for a project ($100,000) must utilize our Purchasing department to solicit bids to ensure that our HOME funds are spent efficiently. And who knows amybe even a Worcester based contractor will be able to win a bid.
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