"The Value of Opportunity" : Rodney Strong in Governing Magazine

All it takes is an opportunity. 

While Griffin & Strong, P.C. (GSPC) has been at the forefront of the fight for economic inclusion for over 27 years, new allies are being developed continuously. Two years ago, Griffin & Strong was invited to apply to serve as cohort lead for the Living Cities City Accelerator, an initiative supported by the Citi Foundation. We saw this opportunity and Living Cities’ focus on economic equity as alignment with our organization’s mission. After a competitive process, GSPC was selected as cohort expert.

The shared learning of practitioners, business owners and other experts across the United States has challenged, inspired and resonated not only with the cohort participants, but with our firm and now several other cities across the United States.

All it took, was one opportunity.

Two years later, the value of strategic cross-sector partnerships has increased, as public and private interest have become more intertwined. It is now of the utmost importance for firms positioned between the public and private, such as GSPC, and not-for-profit entities, like Living Cities, to find ways to create and maximize collective impact.

This partnership began with Griffin & Strong’s selection to lead the City Accelerator cohort on Inclusive Procurement, culminating in the release of our implementation guide, Culture, Collaboration, and Capital on strategies to promote economic inclusion in local government contracting. It continues today, as we work side by side with Living Cities and municipal governments across the United States to promote equity and economic inclusion. The decision that Living Cities made to partner with Griffin & Strong, a Black owned law and public policy consulting firm, has produced considerable impact for not only the grant recipients, Living Cities, and Griffin & Strong, but will now impact 10 new cities through the City Accelerator’s newest cohort, continuing the work started two years ago to address procurement inclusion, innovation and re-orientation.

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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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