MADISON — Dane County has strengthened its preferred purchasing ordinance that helps area businesses compete for county contracts, expanding the county’s overall efforts to buy local, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today.
“By expanding our own efforts to buy local, Dane County continues to do its part to strengthen our vital small business economy,” said Parisi. “More dollars spent locally are returned locally – helping more of our neighbors prosper, create jobs, and give back to our communities.”
The original preferred purchasing ordinance made the county’s contract bidding process more competitive for businesses that are located in the eight counties that comprise the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MREP), formerly THRIVE, economic development region – Dane, Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk. Under the law, local businesses also have the opportunity to meet the lowest bid price for a contract if their bid is within a certain percentage of the lowest bid.
The recently revised ordinance extends that preference for businesses that sell a “Dane County-Made Good,” a “Regionally-Made Good,” and a “Wisconsin-Made Good.” Businesses that fall under these categories sell items that are manufactured, mined, produced, or grown in Dane County, the THRIVE region, or the State of Wisconsin, and where over 50% of the total cost of the item’s components are made in that respective area.
The definition of a local vendor has changed as well, and now includes vendors that are registered and authorized to do business in the State of Wisconsin.
Supervisor Kyle Richmond, a leader in the county’s focus on supporting local businesses, authored the original preferred purchasing ordinance, and the changes that Parisi recently signed into law.
"Local government should help push our local economy toward helping local people and businesses survive and thrive," Richmond said. "This is a small step in right direction."
Last year, Dane County became the first unit of government to join Dane Buy Local. With over 700 members, Dane Buy Local is one of the largest economic development groups in Dane County.
—Dane County Executive
McCarthys raise $325,000 for sick kids
MADISON — Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy and his wife, Jessica, raised $325,000 for American Family Children’s Hospital this week as part of the fourth annual McCarthy Golf Tournament. In the four years of the event, the McCarthys have raised $825,000.
The funds go to the children’s hospital’s “Sick Kids Can’t Wait” campaign, a four-year, $32 million expansion project to meet the growing needs of patients and families.
The McCarthys toured the expansion project that will add a total of 26 pediatric intensive care beds including a neonatal intensive care unit, an additional operating room and a specially-designed pediatric imaging suite. The expansion project will be completed in 2014.
“We are honored that the McCarthys have chosen American Family Children’s Hospital as the McCarthy Family Foundation’s legacy charity,” said UW Hospital and Clinics president and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky. “As co-chairpersons of ‘Sick Kids Can’t Wait,’ the McCarthys help spread the word about the community’s jewel of a children’s hospital.”
For more information on the “Sick Kids Can’t Wait” campaign and American Family Children’s Hospital, go to www.uwhealthkids.org.