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Disparity Study Final Reports

2012 - Franklin Lee, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP

Final Presentation to City Council on Charlotte's Disparity Study Update - Findings and Recommendations (pdf)

Final Presentation to Economic Development Committee on Charlotte's Disparity Study Update - Findings and Recommendations (pdf)

Final Memo - Evidentiary Basis for Consideration of Race-Conscious Remedies (pdf)

2011 - MGT of America, Inc.

Disparity Study Final Report Presentation to City Council PDF  (pdf)

Disparity Study Final Report Executive Summary PDF (pdf)

Disparity Study Final Full Report PDF (pdf) 

Economic Development Committee Presentation - 10/11/11 (pdf)

What is the Disparity Study?
The Disparity Study is conducted to determine the utilization of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) for the City of Charlotte (City).  The study examines the process for attaining products and services for the City, the subcontracting practices of prime contractors/service providers who do business with the City, and the evidence collected from a broad cross section of M/WBE and non-M/WBE firms.
The last Disparity Study for the City was completed in December 2003.  
Who conducts the Disparity Study?
MGT of America, Inc., a nationally recognized consulting firm, conducted the nine month study.

Why do we need this study?
The study is necessitated in part by the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson that imposed legal requirements on jurisdictions to establish a “compelling interest” to support the establishment of a minority and women business program. The results of the study conducted by MGT of America, Inc. will determine if there is just cause to support the creation of a minority and women business program in the City of Charlotte.