The Indianapolis City-County Council unanimously passed a proposal Monday which would allow the city to utilize disability-owned businesses to work with the city.
The proposal creates a Disability Business Enterprise program which allows those disability-owned businesses to bid on projects as well as procure goods and services for the city.
Council Vice-President John Barth says the program will help new businesses grow and create jobs within a group with traditionally high rates of unemployment. He says it also reflects the diversity of Indianapolis.
The city‘s Office of Disability Affairs will manage the program and make recommendations for the utilization of disability-owned businesses.
Council President Maggie Lewis says the program opens the doors for people with disabilities to become suppliers and job creators for the city. The proposal now heads to Mayor Greg Ballard‘s desk for approval.