The MDC’s federally recognized Office of Supplier Diversity is responsible for the supplier/vendor diversity policies and outreach.


With the Small Contractor Development Academy, certificate programs and mobile service centers, the MDC provides diverse contractors with a multitude of industry education opportunities. Additionally, the office of diversity provides outreach meetings for contractors including  business opportunity conferences, business card exchange, pre bid/bid package briefings and business to buyer match maker sessions.

Through the MDC’s contractor development programs, locally based firms offering construction related services are provided the opportunity to:

  • Network with general contractors, major trade subcontractors, material suppliers and MDC staff
  • Understand the forecast of upcoming capital projects and the associated contracting opportunities
  • Receive professional development and technical assistance
  • Gain access to small business support organizations and their services
  • Advance skills in critical construction business areas


Through a partnership with the Community Renewal Team’s Youthbuild Program, the MDC works with young adults to get the training and skills needed to qualify and obtain a career within the construction trades or in contract administration, material supply or public information work. Participants in the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program are also able to earn their GED while in the program to further their careers.

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The MDC’s Diversity Internship Program is a highly-competitive summer program targeted specifically for college students from diverse backgrounds. The program includes a 10-12 week internship program where students are expected to apply classroom-based knowledge to the work environment. Students participate in semi-monthly workshops which cover a variety of topics including networking, resume critique, and interview skills and techniques, as well as the benefits of working in the private and public sector. Those interested in learning more about the Diversity Internship Program can obtain more information by visiting


For information about the MDC’s diversity initiatives, contact Mike Jefferson, Diversity Manager at (860) 278-7850 ext. 3411 or