Purchase of Milwaukee-Made, Milwaukee County-Made, and American-Made Goods Legislation
Effective February 12, 2013, Section 310-18.9 of the Ordinances requires that the city purchase City of Milwaukee-made, Milwaukee-County Made or American-made goods for bids over $30,000. Contracts shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder meeting the requirements of the Ordinance provided the bid does not exceed the lowest bid by more than 12%.
- City of Milwaukee-made Good - means an article that is manufactured, mined or produced in the City of Milwaukee, and the cost of components made in Milwaukee used in the production of the good exceeds 50% of the total cost of all the components.
- Milwaukee County-made Good - means an article that is manufactured, mined or produced in Milwaukee County, and the cost of the components made in Milwaukee County used in the production of the good exceeds 50% of the total cost of all the components.
- American-made Good - means an article that is manufactured, mined or produced in the United States, and the cost of domestic components used in the production of the good exceeds 50% of the total cost of all the components.
- Component - means an article, material or supply incorporated directly into an end product.
If a Milwaukee-made good is not available, the city shall then purchase a Milwaukee county-made good, provided the purchase does not increase the cost by more than 12%. If a Milwaukee-made or Milwaukee county-made good is not available, the city shall then purchase an American-made good, provided the purchase does not increase the cost by more than 12%.
The purchase of the following commodities are exempt from this Ordinance:
- Commodities that are considered to be a raw material, including salt, gravel or petroleum, or any product derived from petroleum.
- Commodities that are considered to be a chemical, including liquid oxygen, fluoride or anhydrous ammonia.
The lowest responsible bidders must submit with their bid a sworn report or affidavit which includes a statement that the goods to be supplied are Milwaukee-made, Milwaukee county-made or American-made goods. The form is located under the “Forms” tab (on the left hand side).
NOTE: Any bidder proposing to supply goods under this Ordinance shall not also receive the benefit of the bid award provided under the Local Business Enterprise program.
In addition to the Affidavit supplied with the bid, vendors will be requested and required to provide to the City of Milwaukee Procurement Services periodic information to aid in the reporting of job creation and retention information which will include, but may not be limited to:
- Prior to contract execution, obtain an estimate from the successful bidder of the impact of the contract on job creation and retention.
- Prior to final contract payment, obtain an estimate from the successful bidder of the impact of the contract on job creation and retention.
The authorization of this ordinance shall expire July 1, 2014, unless reauthorized by the common council.
Frequently Asked Questions
Affidavit of Compliance - Milwaukee or American Made Goods
Jobs Created and Retained Report
Mandatory Compliance Reporting System (CRS) Training for Contractors
All Contractors awarded a contract valued at $25,000.00 or more are required to participate in training on the City of Milwaukee’s contract compliance software. Contractors must complete the training no later than 30 days after the date of contract award. Throughout the contract term, Contractors are required to regularly provide timely payment information in the City’s contract compliance software.
Dates and times of required training are available by logging into the Compliance Reporting System (CRS) at website https://milwaukee.diversitycompliance.com. Instructions for accessing the CRS are listed below.
Accessing the Compliance Reporting System (CRS):
- Visit the CRS Portal at https://milwaukee.diversitycompliance.com/.
- Click on the “Account Lookup” link and conduct a search for your company’s information by business name, tax identification number, contact person, contact information or business address.
- Once you have located your company’s account under Search Results, click on “Request Username and Password” and user account information will be emailed to the listed contact person.
- Follow steps 1 and 2 above.
- If you are unable to locate your information via “Account Lookup”, please request a user account via the Office of Small Business Development at OSBDtraining@milwaukee.gov. Once your account has been created, you will receive a system generated email containing user account information.
Accessing Training Opportunities:
Once you receive your user account information, simply visit the CRS Portal at https://milwaukee.diversitycompliance.com/.
On the right hand side of the Home Screen, under “B2Gnow Training Opportunities”, click “RSVP Today” which will display a list of available webinar training opportunities. Available trainings include:
- Introduction to the System for Vendors
- Contract Compliance - Payment Reporting
- Prime Contractor Usage and Sub Contractor Usage
B2GNow also offers online videos as well as a user guide, which can be found under “Help & Support”, to assist with navigating through the system.
Questions regarding the training process should be directed to the Office of Small Business Development at OSBDtraining@milwaukee.gov.
User Accounts for CRS are available for new or existing vendors actively engaged in the contracting process with the City of Milwaukee and certified MWSBE firms. Non-vendors can utilize “Search for certified firms” to locate City of Milwaukee MWSBE firms at https://milwaukee.diversitycompliance.com/.