Foxconn Technology Group was recognized Thursday by the National Association of Minority Contractors for its work with minority businesses, but work is far from over to ensure minorities are involved in the project.
Since the beginning of the Wisconn Valley development in Mount Pleasant, one of the loudest criticisms of the project is it did not include any provisions on contracting and hiring minority and women contractors.
Foxconn has been trying to assure critics that no groups will be left out in the work being done in the state as it moves forward.
The company is committed to creating a diverse work culture, Shawn McComb, Foxconn’s director of business development and commercial management, said Thursday at the 33rd annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Golden Shovel Awards, at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee.
“We know that diversity contributes to a breadth of perspectives … It enables us to create a stronger and more adaptable organization as we grow our operation here in Wisconsin.” Shawn McComb, Foxconn’s director of business development and commercial management
Foxconn has brought the idea of “smart cities” to Wisconsin, and the City of Racine over the next several years could serve as a testing ground for technology that could be applied in other cities.
The intent of the smart cities initiative is to develop innovative ideas to enhance quality of life, improve working environments, expand transportation networks and living spaces, inspire creative city planning and promote sustainable energy solutions.
To help welcome that initiative, Foxconn launched the “Smart Cities, Smart Future” competition which started in the 2018-19 school year and it plans to continue the next two academic years.
Foxconn plans to commit up to $1 million worth of prizes to the winners of the competition to help make their proposals become a reality.
In its first year, more than 300 formal project proposals were received.
McComb said Foxconn needs the help of minority and women business to help spread the word of the Smart Cities, Smart Future competition to members of disenfranchised communities.
“We seek your support in identifying, encouraging and promoting minority participation in the smart cities competition in the next two years,” McComb said. “Our goal is really to sustain our commitment in terms of engaging DBE’s and developing other smart cities contracting program.”
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