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Mayor David Briley Statement on Disparity Study

Judith Byrd (615) 862-6461, cell (615) 761-6694

In 2017, Metro Nashville commissioned the firm, Griffin & Strong P.C. to conduct a comprehensive and independent review of Metro Government's procurement process to ensure minority-owned and women-owned firms had equal and full access. This report, which is being presented to Council today, confirms there are disparities in the participation of those firms in the city's procurement process. These results, while not surprising, are unacceptable.

As I talk about often, my administration is committed to ensuring all Nashvillians can equitably participate in our city's success and growth. To this end, we must focus on addressing long-standing systemic issues. Our procurement process should – and will – reflect this commitment.

I am ready to move forward with all 10 recommendations outlined in the report to address disparity and access. Furthermore, I have directed my administration to work with community, business and Metro stakeholders to take these steps. After this process, I will present an action plan in October, including new legislation that will be introduced to Metro Council.