The purpose of the study was to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the City’s current race- and gender-neutral practices and the need for continuation and/or development of new strategies to incorporate minorities and women into these practices.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (October 29, 2018) –
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and West Palm Beach Procurement Director Frank Hayden will soon release the results of the City of West Palm Beach’s Disparity Study during two informational meetings. In 2015, the City commissioned a Disparity Study, to guide future implementation of minority- (MBE) and women-owned (WBE) business programs in the City. The Disparity Study measured whether any underutilization of minority- and women-owned contractors exists in West Palm Beach’s procurement.
“We are going to take an objective and thoughtful look at the results of the study,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “In line with the City’s values, we strive to improve the quality of life of our residents and businesses through the development of social and economic opportunities. With millions of dollars in public investment projects on the horizon, we want to ensure that our procurement policies are fair for everyone and that economic prosperity lifts up everyone in our City.”
The City contracted with Mason Tillman Associates to conduct the study. Mason Tillman assessed the availability of minority-owned or women-owned businesses in West Palm Beach versus the utilization of those firms on City projects. The study focused on construction services, professional services, and goods and services contracts from October 2010 through September 2014. The purpose of the study was to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the City’s current race- and gender-neutral practices and the need for continuation and/or development of new strategies to incorporate minorities and women into these practices.
The study findings were presented to Commissioners during a Mayor-Commission Work Session on October 29th
at City Hall.
The study findings will be presented to the public during the first public informational meeting:
Thursday, November 15, 2018; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jane Thompson Memorial Chambers & Atrium
301 N. Olive Ave, 6th
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
A second public informational meeting is expected to be scheduled in December or January.
“We invite public participation and encourage our citizens and contractors to attend this meeting on notable findings and recommendations,” said Procurement Director Frank Hayden. “We look forward to hearing from the community to learn what they think of the study’s findings. Their feedback, coupled with the survey’s results, will guide the City’s contracting policies as we move forward.”
To view the study’s findings, please visit: WPB DISPARITY STUDY
In addition to participating in the meeting, public comment may be submitted to Sandra Hammerstein, Procurement Programs Compliance Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Of note, the City’s Disparity Study is not affiliated with that of Palm Beach County.