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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.



Illinois Tollway to hold informational meeting for disparity study

Illinois Tollway is hosting in-person and virtual informational public meetings related to a recent disparity study on the Tollway's DBE utilization. The meeting (both in-person and virtual) will be held at 2 PM on June 8t...

Published Jun 07, 2023


Clark County School District receives disparity study results

Clark County School District (CCSD) is currently considering the results of a disparity study into CCSD public contracts during the period of fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The study made findings of statistically signifi...

Published May 30, 2023


Winston-Salem City Council receives MWBE report

The Winston-Salem City Council recently received a report on the utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The report found that MWBEs received over $16 ...

Published May 30, 2023


Delaware County seeking comment for disparity study

Delaware County is beginning the process of conducting a disparity study into the experiences of minority-owned, women-owned, and other diverse-owned businesses in competing for public contract work with the County. Should...

Published May 24, 2023


San Antonio makes strides in MWBE usage

The City of San Antonio has dramatically increased its utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in its contracting over recent years, according to a new disparity study commissioned by the study which wa...

Published May 17, 2023


Iowa Senator calls for revising WOSB/SDVOB goal requirements

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, has introduced two bills that would affect how participation goals for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Sm...

Published May 08, 2023


Iowa DOT seeks input on potential DBE goals

The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is currently embarking on the process of developing DBE participation goals for federally-assisted contracts during the 2024 through 2026 fiscal years. As part of that proce...

Published May 02, 2023


Georgia bill streamlining certification for MWVBEs signed into law

House Bill 128 for the State of Georgia has been signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp. The bill streamlines the certification process for minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses (MWVBEs).The bill amen...

Published Apr 25, 2023


Washington, DC releases disparity study into MWBE contracting

The District of Columbia has released a disparity study that it commissioned on the state of public procurement by the District, in particular on potential disparities faced by minority- and woman-owned business enterprise...

Published Apr 25, 2023


Middlesex County forms MWBE Set-Aside Program

The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners have approved a resolution creating a goal of awarding 20 percent of all County contracts (by dollar value) to minority-, women-, veteran-owned and small businesses (MWVSB...

Published Apr 13, 2023


High Point City Council mulls MWBE disparity study

The High Point City Council is considering conducting a disparity study into conditions for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) seeking government contract work from the City of High Point.The study wo...

Published Apr 12, 2023


Cities of Brookline and Somerville team up for MWBE disparity study

The cities of Somerville and Brookline are planning to conduct a joint disparity study into government contracting in their two municipalities, sharing the costs of the study while still retaining separate focuses and sepa...

Published Apr 12, 2023


New Jersey Treasury opens certification portal for LGBTBEs

Governor Phil Murphy and Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio of New Jersey have announced that the New Jersey Department of the Treasury has opened up a certification portal website for LGBTQ+-owned businesses (LGBTBEs), which...

Published Apr 10, 2023


Baltimore Department of Public Works launch contract unbundling initiative

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Jason Mitchell have announced a DPW Unbundling Initiative with the goal of expanding access into public contracting for diverse and smal...

Published Apr 10, 2023


Michigan Governor signs directive to increase utilization of disadvantaged businesses

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive which would increase efforts made by the State to include Geographically Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, or GDBEs, in its public procurement. GDBEs t...

Published Apr 07, 2023