tectural, mechanical and environmental engineering or other services,
we want to see diversity in the bid package,” stated Gary Gibson, assistant project director for the Indianapolis Airport Authority. In the quarter
“Having an inclusive ending June 30, 2006, the Airport Authority awarded contracts totaling $150 million to minority- and women-owned business enterprises
agenda is not only (M/WBEs), which is 22 percent of the $685 million total.
the right thing to do, “We’re undergoing a construction boom that rivals, if not surpasses, what Atlanta went through before it hosted the Olympic Games,” says
it’s also vital to Jonathan Carpenter, director of the city’s M/WBE program.
Indianapolis’ status as To encourage M/WBE participation in these and other civic projects, the city launched an e-mail list to help local business owners network.
a world-class city.” Participants are regularly updated on supplier-diversity programs and
opportunities. As a result, the number of registered M/WBEs in
Indianapolis has more than doubled, jumping from 260 in 2000 to 530
in the first nine months of 2006.
Thanks to innovative initiatives and leaders who are committed to
diversity and eager to work side by side, this Midwest metropolis is
gaining a competitive advantage and poised for future growth. •
—Office of Disability Affairs
Coordinator Juli Paini
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Simon Property Group: Seeking—and Realizing—Potential
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, the nation’s leading
shopping center developer, places a major emphasis on diversity in all aspects of its operations. “From recruiting and training a work force that shares our commitment to diversity to investing in the future of our city’s minority youth, we look for—
and develop—potential with diversity in mind,” says Irv Kravitz,
Simon’s senior vice president of human resources.
Simon believes that a diverse and enlightened work force
adds strength to the company’s foundation. Since launching its
newest diversity training in 2005, more than 550 Simon employ-
Lafayette Square ees have participated in the program as part of the company’s
Education Resource Center effort to instill in its employees an understanding of and appreciation for the racial and ethnic tapestry that is America.
As a Fortune 500 company, Simon’s participation for a number of years in the
Indiana Black Expo Job Fair—one of the nation’s preeminent events of its kind—
has provided the company with an outstanding opportunity to introduce itself to
a diverse talent pool and promote a broad range of career opportunities.
The company contributes to a myriad of local organizations that serve the
minority community. But it is today’s youth—and their potential for playing a
role in the future of Indianapolis as tomorrow’s bright leaders—that led to the
formation of the Simon Youth Foundation® (SyF) in 1998. Today, SyF continues to
provide valuable educational and life-skills assistance to area at-risk youth
(many of them minority) through its Education Resource Centers at a facility
adjacent to Simon’s Circle Centre in downtown Indianapolis and at Lafayette
Square, a Simon mall located on the city’s west side.
“With a 90 percent graduation rate, these Education Resource Centers are
succeeding in equipping their students with the educational depth, self-discipline and motivation to become productive citizens of the community, and it is
gratifying to play a role in helping them realize their potential,” adds Susan
Massela, vice president of human resources for Simon.
For more information on Simon Property Group, please visit www.simon.com