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Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise Disparity Study for the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida and Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency

June 2019

Published by MGT Consulting Group

A study commissioned by the City of Tallahassee produced factual evidence to support the continuation of a race and gender-conscious local MWBE procurement program based on findings of MWBE utilization as prime contractors or subcontractors and using statistical data for five business categories. The Study analyzed procurement trends and practices for the study period of October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2017. The expenditure utilization analysis showed that non-MWBE prime firms are utilized at substantially higher rates than their MWBE counterparts. Spending by the MWBE classifications was 1.88 percent for Non-minority Women firms, 1.05 percent for African American firms, 1.81 percent for Hispanic American firms, and 0.02 percent for Asian American firms. For the City’s construction subcontractors, MGT estimated that 79.14 percent or $54.3 million of spending went to non-MWBE firms, while only 20.86 percent or $14.3 million when to MWBE firms.