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Economic Inclusion

Building partnerships with the diverse-owned and small business community creates win-win opportunities

Gilbane has committed to generating $4 billion in awards to certified diverse-owned and small businesses (DOSBs) over five years (2022 -2026).

As a construction manager with a long-term view, Gilbane understands that our commitment to economic inclusion today means a more equitable, robust construction landscape tomorrow.

Gilbane seeks to maximize participation by diverse-owned businesses, including minority-, women-, LGBTQIA+-, and veteran-owned, and to have a diverse, local workforce on our construction projects. We understand that it is our responsibility as builders to apply an economic inclusion lens to all we do, ensuring that our projects are not only successful but also benefit the communities in which we work and live. We recognize there is opportunity for growth and continuous improvement, which is why we assess, track, and report on our progress — a process that we believe will set a foundation for lasting change.

Our economic inclusion programming aims to ensure:

  • Black-owned and Hispanic-owned businesses get ample access and opportunity
  • Firms local to the project get ample access and opportunity
  • Small and diverse businesses make up a meaningful part of our participation percentage, including regularly engaging firms new to Gilbane
  • Project teams provide a supportive environment that enables healthy growth for the small and diverse businesses with whom we work

Award Winning Results

  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, PBN, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • DE&I Awards, Corporate Leadership, NAWIC, 2022
  • Parren J. Mitchell Advocacy Award, NAMC, 2022
  • Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award, Associated General Contractors of America, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Golden Champion Award, NAMC, 2017
  • Best in Class, Commission on Economic Inclusion, 2016
  • Commitment to Diversity, NAMC, 2013
  • Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award, Diversity &
  • Inclusion Professionals, 2012

Seven-Step Approach to Economic Inclusion

Create Project Economic Inclusion Plan

Determine Buyout Strategy

Conduct Effective Outreach and Engagement

Ensure Ample Bid List Representation

Promote Sub-tier Participation

Track and Manage Project Performance

Ensure and Celebrate Success

Local Outreach and Engagement

Exceptional results can only be achieved through an effective outreach program. Our approach includes:

  • Conducting pre-project conferences with representatives of various state and community organizations, including business
  • development centers, minority contractors, and labor organizations to familiarize all interested parties with the project
  • Hosting education seminars to educate firms on the project opportunity as well as qualification, bidding, change order, RFI, and payment processes.
  • Encouraging alliances between prime and DOSB firms who do not yet have the capacity for a large contract
  • Coordinating with local certifying agencies and trade organizations to assist subcontractors in achieving local and minority workforce goals

“Gilbane’s bold economic inclusion commitment is an important one for the construction industry as a whole. As we seek to build greater opportunity for minority contractors, we look to partners like Gilbane who are serious about building diversity and inclusion throughout their portfolio of projects.”

Dan Moncrief, III
National Association of Minority Contractors

By the Numbers


of $4 billion goal achieved (as of year end 2022)


Gilbane team members solely dedicated to economic inclusion

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Contact Yvette Stevens, Vice President, Director of Economic Inclusion
904-428-5221 /