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Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.



King County Auditor's Office makes findings of contract disparity

The King County Auditor’s Office has issued a report which made findings of disparity in contract awards by the County. The report recommended that a formal disparity study be conducted which could form the basis of ...

Published Jun 17, 2021


Shelby County begins new disparity study

Shelby County is pursuing a new disparity study, which, if it finds the relevant disparities in utilization, may allow the County to consider race as a factor in the awarding of contracts. The prior disparity study was con...

Published Jun 10, 2021


Federal Railroad Administration seeks comments on contractor experiences

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) embarked in April of 2021 on conducting a nationwide small, minority-owned and woman-owned business disparity study. The disparity study seeks to determine if a level playing field...

Published Jun 09, 2021


Baltimore City Council proposes LGBTQBE program

Baltimore City Council is considering legislation introduced by Councilwoman Odette Ramos, of the 14th District, which would establish a LGBTQ-owned business enterprise (LGBTQBE) program. The bill, referred to as Imari's L...

Published Jun 09, 2021


Cuyahoga County establishes Department of Equity and Inclusion

The Cuyahoga County Council has voted 9-3 to approve County Executive Armond Budish's plan for establishing a Department of Equity and Inclusion at the County level. The plan will dissolve the currently-existing Department...

Published Jun 02, 2021


SANDAG establishes DBE participation goal for 2022-2024

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has published a draft of their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal-Setting Methodology for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2022-2024. The document includes a propo...

Published May 26, 2021


LA Metro announces DBE utilization goals for 2022-20244

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (or Metro) has published its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) utilization goal for fiscal years 2022 through 2024 on projects assisted by federal dollars....

Published May 20, 2021


New York Assembly Bill to boost MWBE utilization

New York State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn and New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. have jointly introduced legislation which aims at boosting utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) ...

Published May 19, 2021


City of Pittsburgh includes LGBTBEs in contracting

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has signed into law a bill that allows LGBT-owned businesses (LGBTBEs) to register with the City of Pittsburgh's procurement platform alongside other minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs...

Published May 18, 2021


King County Executive Order provides support for MWBEs

King County Executive Dow Constantine has issued an Executive Order which aims to make it easier for minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) to contract with the County.The Order consists of a nu...

Published May 18, 2021


Statehouse bill to permit Greensboro to operate SBE program under consideration

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved a bill (HB 303) which would permit the City of Greensboro to establish a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. The bill has been passed on to the State Senate, wh...

Published Apr 29, 2021


Baltimore City Council introduces MWBE reforms

Baltimore City Council is considering a package of three bills that have been introduced with the goal of fostering inclusion of minority- and woman-owned businesses in City procurement. The bills follow a recent audit of ...

Published Apr 28, 2021


Missoula County implements MWBE preferences

Missoula County has passed a resolution giving certain preferences to minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in county contracting. The resolution follows a 2016 statewide disparity study conducted for the Montana De...

Published Apr 27, 2021


City of Boston begins setting MWBE procurement goals

[UPDATE 04/08/21: The City of Boston Mayor's Office has issued a press release with further updates on its MWBE initiatives. These include: the reallocation of $2 million from the Boston Police Department ...

Published Apr 09, 2021


Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority announces Mentor-Protege Program

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), in collaboration with Silicon Valley Transit Consultants (SVTC), is initiating a new Mentor-Protege Program with the aim of assisting in the growth of small and minori...

Published Apr 05, 2021