Supplier Diversity Program

MSD’s Supplier Diversity Program has worked since 1985 to increase participation of qualified minority and woman-owned businesses in contracts to perform work in  our core business areas:

  • Construction and construction-related services
  • Engineering and other professional services
  • Materials, commodities and services procurements

We have programs aimed separately at boosting certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) in becoming prime contractors or subcontractors.

Prime Contractor Bid Discounts: 

During bid evaluations on projects estimated between $30,000 and $500,000, the total dollar amount of each MBE/WBE prime contractor bid is reduced by 10 percent to arrive at a net evaluation price. The contract is awarded at 100 percent of the pre-reduced bid amount. Table 1 details groups eligible for bid discounts.

Construction Subcontracting Goals – MBE and WBE Participation: 

  • On contracts valued by MSD at $150,000 or more,
  • At least 35% should be subcontracted to eligible MBE and WBE firms
  • Eligible MBE and WBE ethnic and gender groups are outlined below in Table 2

Engineering and Other Professional Services Contracts

  • MBE/WBE aspirational participation goals remain the same for supplier diversity
  • 15% MBE and 6% WBE subcontract goals

MBE and/or WBE Certification  

All MBE and WBEs who participate in MSD subcontracts and other procurements must be certified and MSD recognized and approved before submitting a bid, quote and/or proposal and commencing work on an MSD subcontract. MSD will accept national, federal and/or local certifications from the following organizations and their regional affiliate offices for the purpose of supplier diversity inclusion of MBE and WBEs on our bids, RFQs, RFPS, PDBs, etc.

*MSD accepts HRC MBE and WBE certification only.
*HRC must perform a desk review and conduct a site visit. 

Register now with the MSD MBE/WBE Online Application

Search for Certified MBE/WBE Businesses

Register for MSD Electronic Bid and RFP Notifications

Contact Us

For more information and/or to ask questions about Supplier Diversity




The Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)
Supplier Diversity Office
700 West Liberty Street
Louisville, KY  40203