Community Inclusion

Our Commitment to the Community 

In Spring 2016, the TPS Board of Directors committed the district to increase local and diverse business involvement on new and maintenance-related construction projects. The mission? To support Pierce County businesses, expand opportunities for disadvantaged businesses, and create career path opportunities for young adults. This commitment to community investment was the first of its kind in the state and Tacoma Public Schools continues to be an innovative leader in this work.

Our project goals are to meet or exceed:

  • 30% local businesses
  • 10% certified minority-owned business enterprises
  • 6% certified woman-owned business enterprises
  • 5% small business enterprises
  • 15% apprenticeship utilization

Read the original inclusion commitment: (Signed pdf) (ADA accessible pdf)


TPS Purchasing Department (bid opportunities and other resources)

Minority Business Development Agency, Tacoma Office

Office of Minority & Women Business Enterprise


Community Inclusion Task Force Partners

A. Philip Randolph Institute

The Black Collective

City of Tacoma

NAACP 253 Tacoma Branch

Pierce County Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO

Tacoma Ministerial Alliance

Tacoma Public Schools


For more information:
Alicia Lawver, Director of Strategic Planning