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Harford County plans MWBE disparity study

MD News - Published Nov 08, 2021

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has announced that the county will begin a disparity study into the contract awards it makes. Specifically, the study will examine if there are disparities in awards made to minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) relative to their availability in the area, and, if such disparities are found, what remedies can be implemented.

The study period will cover contracts awarded during fiscal years 2017 through 2021, and is expected to be completed in one year. Funding for the study has already been approved as part of the 2022 budget, and the $300,000 contract for conducting the study has already been awarded.

"I have worked closely with our local African American Business Caucus to begin studying whether there are in fact disparities and if so, how we can improve," Glassman said in a press release.

Those who wish to receive more information on the upcoming study may contact Cindy Mumby, Director of Governmental & Community Relations, by phone at 410-340-5376, or by email at camumby@harfordcountymd.gov.

Read the press release from the County at https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1987.