On January 11, 1977, the eve of his departure from office, former Governor Evans issued an Executive Order the purpose of which was to implement the procedures to be used in the procurement of minority contracts. The general purpose of the order is laudable but several significant changes have occurred which require modification of this order by this administration. It is the determination of this administration to implement the activity of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development especially since the passage of Substitute House Bill 27, which added the "Office of Small Business" to the department. 

Consequently it is the desire of the Executive to develop within this newly established division an Office of Minority Business Development, whose duty it will be, operating within statutory and regulatory guidelines, to maximize the effort within all agencies to grant minority business contracts involving state public works, goods, services and supplies.

Accordingly with these general goals in mind,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dixy Lee Ray, Governor of the State of Washington, do hereby order and direct the following:

I. Agency minority contract procurement plan

The Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall have the responsibility in coordination with each of the state agencies to develop a minority contract procurement plan to carry out the announced purposes of this executive order. The general guidelines which the department and all agencies shell follow shall include but not be limited to the following:

II. All provisions of EO 75-10 and EO 77-01 which are in conflict with this executive order are herewith rescinded and/or modified.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the State of Washington to be Affixed at Olympia this 28th day of July, A.D., 1977.


Governor of Washington

Secretary of State