The Community Opportunities and Enhancement Program (COEP) is one of the City of Portland’s strategies to increase diversity and equity in construction contracting. Overall, the goals of the COEP are to increase the number of people of color and women in the trades and to remove barriers for construction firms owned by people of color and women so that they can successfully participate in public contracting. The program is funded by a 1% set-aside of eligible costs on all City-owned public improvement contracts. Through a series of grants, the COEP will fund workforce development and business technical assistance to accomplish its goals.