November 19, 2004
Don Logan, Scottsdale’s diversity and dialogue director, has been named Advocate of the Year by the Phoenix chapter of the Associated Minority Contractors of America for his work in opening city contracts to minorityowned businesses.
"We at the (Associated Minority Contractors of America) looked and evaluated the different municipalities and felt that Don Logan has done more this year to bring Scottsdale into the fold . . . promoting minority and women businesses," said Martin Alvarez, the organization’s vice chairman. "He is leading the municipality this year and his goal is to make Scottsdale projects available to minority and women entrepreneurs."
Logan has worked for the city for 25 years and has directed the diversity and dialogue office the past six years.
Before Logan’s stewardship, minority-owned businesses were not receiving Scottsdale contracts largely out of ignorance, Alvarez said. Phoenix and Tucson have done studies to determine how often these businesses are granted publicly funded projects and purchases.
Scottsdale has not done a study, but Logan said percentages are not important.
"My position is I’m not big on numbers. My take is on attitude because if the attitude is right then the numbers will be there," Logan said, adding that the key to attracting minority-owned businesses to compete for Scottsdale work has been in reaching out to organizations such as the Associated Minority Contractors of America.
Logan will be presented the award tonight at the organization’s annual banquet at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway. He also received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Roy Wilkins Public Service Award in 2001 and 2003.
"(Scottsdale) is supporting him so it’s going to be a cooperative effort with staff and council and Don," Alvarez said. "But he’s leading the charge."