Mecklenburg County Procurement Division Disparity Study

Mecklenburg County’s Office of Economic Development has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C (GSPC) to conduct a disparity study on the availability and utilization of minority and women owned businesses enterprises and examine relevant evidence of race – or gender – based discrimination in the Finance/Procurement Division’s contracting.

Over the course of this Study, there will be several ways the local business community can be involved. GSPC will be conducting surveys (both in person and via sample), public hearings, webinars and other public engagement meetings. If your firm is contacted to provide input, we thank you for your participation. For any questions, comments, or other commentary you desire to provide, you may also email us at MecklenburgCountyStudy@GSPCLaw.com

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LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

GSPC also desires the feedback of organizations that speak for the local business community. Local business, civic, and trade organizations may be contacted to participate. If you desire to meet with GSPC to discuss your organizations perspective or relevant experience(s) working with Mecklenburg County, contact us at MecklenburgCountyStudy@gspclaw.com

Anecdotal Interviews

The Disparity Study will provide opportunity for feedback from business owners about experiences, both positive and negative, contracting with Mecklenburg County. Anecdotal interviews are one-on-one interviews with business owners to discuss their experiences doing business with Mecklenburg County or navigating business development in the region.

This testimony can play a critical role in improving current programs. Beginning with our Informational meetings, scheduled for November 12th and 13th, 2019, the Disparity Study anecdotal process will involve the completion of anecdotal interviews, public hearings and focus groups.

Firms may be contacted by GSPC representatives, Bridget Wall Lennon of BL Wall consulting for interviews. If contacted, we encourage your honest and transparent feedback.

Email Comment

For those who are not contacted to participate in an interview or focus group, are unavailable due to scheduling conflict, or generally uncomfortable providing public testimony but wish to provide anecdotal evidence on your experiences doing business in and with Mecklenburg County, you may email us anytime with anecdotal comments or questions at MecklenburgCountyStudy@gspclaw.com.

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EVENTS

Informational Meetings

To learn more about this study, how to be involved and to address any questions or concerns, please attend one of our community information meetings:

If Interested please Register using Eventbrite. Registration is encouraged, but not required for attendance.

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS
Tuesday, November 11th, 2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Room 267 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Valerie Woodard Center Conference Center Rooms 4014/4015 3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte NC 28208

Public Hearings

At the public hearings, comments regarding both positive and negative interactions with Mecklenburg County in the public and private sector. Businesses and community members will be heard and recorded by a court reer. All comments provided during the public hearings will become a part of the public record and will be included in the Study analysis.

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS
Focus Groups – Scheduling TBA

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At the public hearings, comments regarding both positive and negative interactions with Mecklenburg County in the public and private sector. Businesses and community members will be heard and recorded by a court reer. All comments provided during the public hearings will become a part of the public record and will be included in the Study analysis.

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