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Source : Contractor News
November 19, 2021
Author : Kristy Casanova
During the second half of 2021 the City of Gainesville has been conducting a disparity study to take a closer look at the difficulties that small and disadvantaged firms face in winning local public works contracts.
In order to implement and justify remedial measures for M/WBEs (minority owned and/or women owned firms) in city contracting, the disparity study is expected to be completed by August of 2022. The report will provide feedback and evidence on the current disparities in contracting local disadvantaged firms.
The study will include community events and interviews with business owners to get their perspective and learn about their experiences with local contracting. In addition to M/WBEs, the study will include Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and Service-Disabled Veteran Businesses, firms also facing historical barriers in competing with larger companies.
After completion of the disparity study, Gainesville officials plan to implement changes to improve their contracting with M/WBEs and will include new opportunities for small businesses and outreach support services.