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Glassman seeks study of Harford County government contracts with focus on disparities relating to women- and minority-owned businesses

A forthcoming study will explore the racial and ethnic disparities in businesses with which the Harford County government contracts, County Executive Barry Glassman announced in a Thursday news release.

The one yearlong study, conducted by Atlanta-based public policy consulting firm Griffin & Strong P.C., will specifically investigate whether there exists a significant disparity between qualified minority county contractors and their nonminority counterparts. The firm will look at data from fiscal years 2017 to 2021.

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If there are indeed disparities, the firm will recommend appropriate steps that can be taken to reduce them going forward. The study will help determine whether a formal program is needed to ensure equal access to county contract opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE).

“I have worked closely with our local African American Business Caucus to begin studying whether there are in fact disparities and if so, how we can improve,” Glassman said in the news release.

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Funding for the $300,000 contract with Griffin & Strong P.C. was approved by the Harford County Council as part of the FY2022 budget. The Board of Estimates approved the contract on Oct. 26, 2021.

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