ATLANTA, GA – Rodney K. Strong, President and CEO of Atlanta law and public policy consulting firm Griffin & Strong, P.C. (GSPC) was inducted into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The Atlanta Business League recognizes African American businesses that have operated continuously and successfully for more than 25 years in the Atlanta metro area by inducting their owners or proprietors into the Hall of Fame.
“I really appreciate this honor,” Strong said as he received the award. “Coming from the Atlanta Business League it’s especially important because the ABL has always been on the front line fighting for business opportunity for African-American business people.”
Strong, who founded the firm in 1992 with his wife Delmarie Griffin, has become one of the foremost national experts in procurement disparity research and diversity program development. Before founding GSPC, he served as the City of Atlanta’s Director of Contract Compliance under Mayor Andrew Young and Mayor Maynard Jackson.
Strong has since led GSPC in conducting disparity studies for numerous cities, states and other government entities including, among others, the State of Tennessee, The Georgia Department of Transportation, the City of Atlanta, The City of Savannah, GA, and the City of Memphis, TN, while developing the firm into a top-notch public policy consultancy. The firm is currently the Supplier Diversity Consultant for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and represents a range of government and corporate clients.
A video preceding Strong’s induction featured comments from former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes.
“Rodney has done more to bring about diversity – economic diversity, in particular – by allowing and drafting those programs that lead to legal standards to make sure that all people are able to participate in the largesse of the contracting of the State of Georgia,” former Georgia Gov. Barnes said. “While I was Governor, with Rodney’s help, we more than quadrupled the minority participation in the state of Georgia in the contracting field.”
Young recalls that Strong was instrumental in significantly increasing the percentage of business Atlanta did with minority vendors and contractors during his tenure as mayor.
“Rodney headed up the Minority Purchasing Division of the City of Atlanta,” Young said. “He took over from Maynard Jackson when we were doing about 25 percent of the business of the City. By the time we got to the Olympics, we were up to 41 percent. Rodney deserves this award and everything he has coming his way.”
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Griffin & Strong, P.C. is a law and public policy consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA. Since 1992, the firm has represented individual clients, small businesses, corporations, and government entities in public policy consulting, legislation, contract compliance, supplier diversity consulting, and disparity studies.