2022 City of Cincinnati Disparity Study
City of Cincinnati has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C (GSPC) to conduct a Disparity Study (“Study”). The Study will determine whether, and if so, the extent to which statistically significant disparities exist between the minority owned and controlled and women owned and controlled business enterprises in the City of Cincinnati, Ohio’s market area that are ready, willing, and able to perform on City contracts; and the actual utilization of those firms during the study period as both prime contractors and subcontractors. Over the course of this Study, there will be several ways the local business community can be involved. GSPC will be conducting surveys, public hearings, a webinar and other public engagement meetings. If your firm is contacted to provide input, we thank you for your participation. You may also email us any comments or questions at CincinnatiStudy@gspclaw.com.
Your testimony will play a critical role in improving current programs. Beginning with our Informational meetings in the late Summer. The Disparity Study anecdotal process will involve the completion of anecdotal interviews, public hearings and focus groups. We estimate that public hearings will occur in early 2022.
ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE COLLECTION
Anecdotal interviews are one-on-one interviews with business owners to discuss their experiences doing business with the City of Cincinnati or navigating business development in the region.
Survey of Business Owners
GSPC will be conducting a Survey of Business Owners to understand the experiences of firms in the City of Cincinnati’s marketplace in doing business both with and in the City. All firms in the marketplace will be invited to take the survey, which will be sent out in Fall 2021. If you do not receive a survey directly, it will be posted on the website, and you will be able to access it here.
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 organization’s perspective or relevant experience(s) working with the City of Cincinnati, contact us at CincinnatiStudy@gspclaw.com. Your assistance in sharing information about the Study, our meetings, and this website resource with the local firms you serve is greatly appreciated.
For those who are not contacted to participate in an interview or focus group, are unavailable, or are generally uncomfortable providing public testimony, you may email us anytime with anecdotal comments or questions at CincinnatiStudy@gspclaw.com.
To learn more about this Study, how to be involved, or to address any questions or concerns, please attend our community information meeting.
|Tuesday, September 14th||5:00 – 6:30 pm||Completed.|
The public hearings are an opportunity for businesses and other community members to go on the record with their comments about doing business with the City of Cincinnati, or its marketplace. All comments will become part of the public record and will be included in the Study analysis. The public hearings will be held in early 2022.
|Wednesday, January 26th||12:00 – 1:00 pm||Completed.|
|Thursday, January 27th||5:00 – 6:00 pm||Completed.|
GSPC will invite two small groups of diverse firms to share, in a discussion setting, their experiences doing business with or attempting to do business with the City of Cincinnati, or to explain why they have not attempted to do business with the City. Firms are chosen at random from each ethnicity and gender group of the Study.
For information about scheduled events and Study updates, feel free to follow Griffin & Strong, P.C. on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. You may also provide commentary regarding the Study via social media, regardless of whether you are selected for a random interview. If you wish to provide a comment regarding your experiences, whether positive or negative, in doing business in Cincinnati or with the City, please reach us on social media.