In addition to engaging community stakeholders in neighborhoods where they work, Vulcan Real Estate is committed to ensuring that women- and minority-owned businesses (WMBEs) have opportunities to work on the upcoming redevelopment of the southeast corner of 23rd and Jackson.

To that end, Vulcan has partnered with Tabor 100, a longtime grassroots organization designed to facilitate economic empowerment for minority-owned construction businesses and related service providers.

Last fall, Vulcan sponsored Tabor 100’s annual gala – as it has for the past four years – and has also hosted meet-and-greets matching Tabor 100 members with Vulcan contractors and business partners. Already, Len-Can Builders, United Reprographics and a host of others have landed contracts through the partnership.

Ollie Garrett, president of Tabor 100, and president and CEO of Bellevue-based PMT Solutions, says the organization’s rapport with Vulcan has benefitted a number of its members.  

“It’s been very successful,” says Garrett. “At our annual meeting, many Tabor members talked about the relationships and contracting opportunities they’ve landed as a result of the partnership and meet-and-greets.”

Moving forward, at least one WMBE will be asked to provide a bid for each scope of work for construction projects at the 23rd and Jackson site. Vulcan will continue to partner with groups including Tabor 100, SBA, the Northwest Minority Supplier and Development Council and the National Association of Minority Contractors to increase awareness of opportunities for WMBEs. Vulcan also works with apprenticeship programs such as those at the Seattle Vocational Institute and ANEW (Apprenticeship & Non-traditional Employment for Women).

To learn more about Vulcan’s investments in the Central Area community, click here.