Even Majority-Black Cities Struggle With Minority Contracting Programs

This story was produced with support from the City Accelerator program.

In 2010, Memphis, Tenn., released a report on the status of the city’s certified minority- and women-owned businesses. How well were those businesses being represented in city contracts? Was the city discriminating against them? Were official policies getting in the way? The results were not promising.

Then in 2016, the city released a follow-up study -- and the picture was even worse. The second disparity study, conducted by Atlanta consulting firm Griffin & Strong, showed that disparity in the city’s purchasing practices had actually increased for most businesses, including major categories like construction, architecture, engineering and other goods. The only place where things had gotten better was in “other professional services,” which includes lawyers, doctors, accountants and banks.

In response to the report, Mayor Jim Strickland sought to improve the city’s business relationships with minority- and women-owned enterprises (MWBEs), which was one of his campaign promises when he assumed office in 2016 after defeating A C Wharton.



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Griffin & Strong to Kickoff City of Tacoma Disparity Study

Griffin & Strong, P.C. (“GSPC”), an Atlanta based law and public policy consulting firm, is conducting the 2018 Disparity Study for the City of Tacoma, Washington. This study is designed to review the City’s procurement process and analyze its contract awards, including those to small, disadvantaged, minority, and women owned businesses. Analysis of the Tacoma Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Local Employment and Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) will also be conducted. GSPC has also partnered with The Planning Studio, a local, small business enterprise, to complete community outreach and anecdotal interviews.

To kick off the Study, GSPC will be facilitating an informational meeting to discuss the study, its purposes, methodology, and ways the public and business community can be involved. The meeting will be held October 19th from 6 PM – 7:30 PM at Tacoma Public Utilities (Room ABN-M1). The address is 3628 S. 35th St. Tacoma, WA 98409.

The City of Tacoma and GSPC encourage and welcome the Tacoma community, including business owners, community groups, business organizations and local advocates, regardless of ethnicity, to attend and find ways to participate in this Study. For more information regarding this study, please contact GSPC Deputy Project Manager, Sterling Johnson, at TacomaStudy@gspclaw.com or sterling(at)gspclaw.com. To learn more about Griffin & Strong, visit gspclaw.com. 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.


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2018 Disparity Study and Minority Enterprise Growth and Needs Study Informational Meeting Announcement

Griffin & Strong, P.C. ("GSPC") is under contract with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County (“Metro Nashville”) to conduct the 2018 Disparity Study and Minority Enterprise Growth & Needs Study (“MEGAN Study”). The Disparity Study will review Metro Nashville’s procurement practices and analyze participation in awards by Minority and Women owned Business Enterprises (“MWBE”). The MEGAN Study will provide a growth and needs assessment of minority firms within Davidson County to better assist them to do business in and with Metro Nashville.

Community members are invited to participate in an informational meeting about these studies to learn about the methodologies used and ways to be fully engaged in the study process. The informational meeting will be held:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Howard Office Building: Fulton Campus

Sonny West Conference Room

700 2nd Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37210

You are encouraged to attend to hear important information and provide commentary regarding these impactful studies. This community meeting will be facilitated by Griffin & Strong, P.C. and not Metro Nashville government. Please direct all questions to GSPC Deputy Project Manager, Sterling Johnson, at MetroNashvilleStudy(at)gspclaw.com or sterling(at)gspclaw.com. Please note all comments during the meeting may be recorded and potentially used in the studies.


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Disparity study to examine participation by minority, woman and disadvantaged business enterprises. - Greensboro - Triad Business Journal

Griffin & Strong PC, a law and public policy consulting firm based in Atlanta, has been retained by the city to conduct the disparity study that will examine participation by minority, woman and disadvantaged business enterprises (“M/W/DBE”)

Through this process, the city has indicated its intent to render a diverse and equitable business environment that will benefit all of its vendors and ensure that public contracting opportunities are equally available to all parties.

“We have already witnessed first-hand the active engagement of M/W/DBE firms in the anecdotal process,” said Rodney Strong, CEO of Griffin & Strong PC. “We urge all firms to participate in the public hearings so their opinions of the city of Greensboro’s purchasing process are stated for the record.” READ MORE


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