The Equity in Infrastructure Project: “Let's Do Better Together"

Joshua Morey, Ori-gen Chair and The J. Morey Company, Inc. President is one of the founding members of the Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) Advisory Council.

Launched in April 2022, the Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) improves public contracting practices by creating more opportunities for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) to build generational wealth and reduce the racial wealth gap by creating more prime, joint venture and equity contracting opportunities for these firms.

The EIP Advisory Council is the key private sector and NGO partner to EIP, assuring that its initiatives come to life and operationalize the goals of EIP. Advisory Council members provide subject matter expertise, research and development for EIP leadership, recruit companies and NGOs to join and provide financial support and/or in-kind services to EIP.  

Within just a year of inception, the EIP has made significant strides to ensure that Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs) have equitable access to contracting opportunities as referenced by the Biden-Harris Administration. Prospective grantees have committed to increase prime contracting opportunities for underserved businesses, streamline processes for obtaining necessary DBE certifications, improve payment time, and expand access to financing to help underserved businesses meet infrastructure contracts. 

The pledge has been signed by the Chicago Transit Authority, the Denver International Airport, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Port of Long Beach, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the City of Denver, and the City of Philadelphia.  Interested states, cities, local and regional transportation and public works authorities, and private sector entities can sign on to the pledge here.

To learn more about the EIP Advisory Council, visit their website here.