ASPE Meeting “Good Faith Efforts”

By on February 12, 2019
02/22/2019 @ 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Construction Forum STL
3245 Hampton Avenue
2nd Floor, St. Louis
MO 63139

“Good Faith Efforts” for diversity/inclusion is one of the most discussed, yet misunderstood, requirements in the public contracting market.

Representatives from the diversity programs of St. Louis City and St. Louis County will speak at the February meeting of the St. Louis Chapter, American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) on diversity/inclusion in government contracts.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30-9 AM February 22 at the Construction Forum STL offices, 3245 Hampton Ave.

Speaking at the ASPE event will be:

  • Amber Gooding, assistant airport director for business diversity development at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport
  • Jack Thomas, chief diversity officer for St. Louis County.

Gooding and Thomas will break down “good faith” efforts, share their expectations from bidders and explain their evaluation processes.

Jack Thomas is the first-ever St. Louis County chief diversity officer. He worked almost 30 years for the City of St. Louis, last serving in the position now held by Gooding. He spent another decade at the airport in Jackson, MS before returning to St. Louis County

In an interview with Construction Forum STL shortly after he took office,  Thomas said that he has a strong understanding that construction is a relationship-based business. But Thomas wants bidding contractors to understand that the bar is being raised for what constitutes a “good faith” effort. “When you want to do business, you figure out a way to establish a relationship and make it happen.” he said.

Saying, “(Majority-owned-contractor) Joe has done my plumbing for 10 years,” will no longer cut it in his viewpoint. Bill may be a valued supplier, but more effort will be required to find W/MBE bidders, Thomas stated.

It is Thomas’ intention for his department to work alongside “responsible” contractors who adhere to practices such as prompt pay. “We need to do the best we can to make clear what is expected,” he said. He intends to follow President Ronald Reagan’s maxim of, “Trust, but verify.”

Amber Gooding came to Lambert International from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, where she served for over five years. Prior to that she was executive director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

In 2017 the program she directs was honored as a diversity champion by the Airports Council International-North America and recognized with an award for organizational excellence in diversity by the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.

Registration is required for the event. Breakfast is included in the $20 registration fee. To register, click here. Registrations can be paid in advance, or at the door.

For more information, contact ASPE Chapter President John Smith at


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