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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.



City of Turlock announces 2021-2023 DBE goals

The City of Turlock has announced its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goal for federally-assisted projects for fiscal years 2021 through 2023. The City is anticipating three projects allocated through...

Published Jul 28, 2021


Erie County considers MWBE legislation

Erie County is currently considering a new local law relating to minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The bill, the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Equality and Modernization Act, consolidates som...

Published Jul 27, 2021


Port Houston announces MWBE Business Equity Program and Initiative

Port Houston has announced its new MWBE Business Equity Program and Initiative. The initiative creates a new Business Equity Division which will report directly to Executive Director Roger Guenther.The Business...

Published Jul 27, 2021


San Diego disparity study finds under-utilization of MWBEs

The City of San Diego has released the results of its 2020 disparity study. The study examined the utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in city contracting and found significant disparities in utiliz...

Published Jul 23, 2021


City of Seattle announces new disparity study

The City of Seattle has announced two new initiatives that are meant to help remove inequities in the City's procurement process. The first is a new disparity study into conditions for women- and minority-owned businesses ...

Published Jul 20, 2021


Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District announces triennial DBE goals

The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) has announced its triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goals for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assisted projects for fiscal years 2022...

Published Jul 19, 2021


Virginia DRPT announces triennial DBE goal

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has announced its triennial DBE participation goals for federally-assisted projects for fiscal years 2022 through 2024.The participation goal has...

Published Jul 19, 2021


Duluth Transit Authority proposes DBE utilization goal

The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) has published a proposed DBE participation goal for fiscal years 2022 through 2024, which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for approval. The goal has been ...

Published Jul 19, 2021


Columbus City Council to vote on proposed Increase Diversity Program

Columbus City Council is due to vote in July of 2021 on a proposed slate of contracting reforms referred to as the Increase Diversity Program. The proposed legislation was developed in response to the release of a 2019 div...

Published Jul 07, 2021


Allentown City Council considering MBE preferences

Allentown City Council is considering legislation that would allow for preferences for minority business enterprises (MBEs) in city contracting if passed. The bill, introduced by Council member Ce-Ce Gerlach, has been in d...

Published Jul 07, 2021


Clark Public Utilities establishing vendor lists

Clark Public Utilities of Clark County, Washington, has established vendor lists for supplying materials, equipment and supplies under RCW 54.04.082 and 39.04.190 which allows the Utility to publish notice of the existence...

Published Jul 07, 2021


City of Gardena sets Triennial DBE Goal, will hold Public Consultation Meeting

The City of Gardena has announced its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) utilization goal for fiscal years 2022 through 2024, as required by law as a recipient of federal transportation funding. The goal has been set ...

Published Jun 23, 2021


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