Cuyahoga County 2019 Disparity Study

Griffin & Strong, P.C. (“GSPC”) is a law and public policy consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA under contract with the Cuyahoga County Government (“County”) to conduct a Disparity Study (“Study”) to ascertain whether discrimination exists in the process of awarding contracts to Minority and Women Owned businesses.

This study will focus on the availability and utilization of Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (collectively “M/WBEs”) in County contracting and examine relevant evidence of the effects of race- or gender-based discrimination upon the utilization of such businesses in County contracting.

The Study will also provide recommendations on a legally defensible diversity initiatives, such as the continuation or expansion of the County’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise program.

SURVEY OF BUSINESS OWNERS

GSPC has partnered with Creative Research Solutions, a research and survey firm, to conduct surveys to gather impressions and experiences in contracting or attempting to contract with the County. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

The Cuyahoga County Survey of Business Owners is now live. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact GSPC via email at CuyahogaCoStudy@gspclaw.com

Community Engagement

Over the course of this year-long Study, there will be several ways GSPC and the County desires to engage the local business community. In addition to public engagement meetings and public hearings, some firms may also be contacted to provide anecdotal interviews or participate in a focus group. GSPC will also aggressively contact business, civic, and trade organizations for their participation. Some businesses may be selected at random to participate. If you are contacted, we encourage and thank you in advance for your participation.

Anecdotal Interviews

The 2019 Disparity Study will provide opportunity for community feedback and engagement through the gathering of comments from business owners that can be used to improve County programs.

The Disparity Study anecdotal process involves completion of organizational and business owner interviews, public hearings and focus groups.

Anecdotal interviews (one on one interviews with businesses selected at random from the community) are now underway. These interviews are designed for discussion around business experiences working with or pursuing projects in the County or marketplace. A member of the GSPC team will be making phone contact with businesses around the region. If you receive a call from GSPC on behalf of the County, we thank you in advance, for your participation.

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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 NCDOT, you may email us anytime with anecdotal comments or questions at CuyahogaCoStudy@gspclaw.com.

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Informational Meetings

Thank you, Cuyahoga business owners, who joined us May 7th for the Cuyahoga Informational Meetings. For those who were unable to join us, learn more about the Cuyahoga project with our Informational Meeting Powerpoint.

Organizational Interviews

GSPC places heavy importance on identifying and engaging local business, civic, and trade organizations. If you represent an Ohio based business or advocacy organization and are interested in being interviewed, please Contact Us and we will reach out to you.

Public Hearings

At the public hearings, comments regarding both positive and negative interactions with the County and in the public and private sector business communities will be heard and recorded by a court reporter. All comments provided during the public hearings will become a part of the public record and will be included in the Study analysis. If interested, please register to attend via Eventbrite.

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