City of Columbus Releases Disparity Study
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the Office of Diversity and
Inclusion released a study that measured disparity in city prime contracts and
subcontracts between 2012 and 2015. The study was conducted by Mason Tillman, a
consulting company that has completed more than 140 such studies for other
cities. This is the first disparity study for the City of Columbus since 1992.
study examines whether there are differences between:
- The percentage of
dollars that minority and women-owned businesses received on an agency’s prime
contracts and subcontracts during a particular time period (utilization); and
- The percentage of
dollars that those businesses would be expected to receive based on their
availability to perform on the agency’s prime contracts and subcontracts
“The City has made solid strides in working to ensure all
city contracts are fairly bid and accessible to all qualified businesses, but
we still have some work to do,” said Mayor Ginther. “The disparity study is a
guide for sustainable policy change that will help us reach our ultimate goal
of greater inclusion.”
found that statistically significant disparities exist for African-American
businesses, Asian American businesses, Hispanic American businesses and Native
American businesses in prime contracts. The study also reported an
underutilization of women-owned businesses on contracts over $100,000. In
addition, the study showed disparities for African-American, Asian American and
women-owned businesses for subcontracts.
“The completion of the disparity study serves as a first
step in helping us to evaluate where we’ve been with respect to our engagement
of minority- and women-owned companies,” said Interim Director Damita Brown. “More
importantly, it serves as a blueprint for us in advancing policies, programs,
and services that uplift MWBE companies; transforming the lives of our
residents, neighborhoods, and growing local economy.”
Over the next six to nine months, the city, with input and
feedback from the community, will determine which recommendations from the
report will make the greatest impact towards making Columbus American’s Equal
Opportunity City. Revisions to municipal procurement code are expected.
Two community stakeholder meetings have been
scheduled for August 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The locations have yet to be determined. Representatives from Mason Tillman and the
Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be available to answer questions.