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Mayor Briley's Statement Regarding Last Night's Unanimous Disparity Legislation Vote

Thomas Mulgrew 615-862-6461

Last night’s historic and unanimous vote to pass BL2018-1419 does more than level the playing field for women- and minority-owned businesses seeking work with Metro Government. It confirms my strong conviction that when inequities endure over years and decades, elected officials must take action to help ensure a clear path to prosperity for all citizens.

I am proud of this new law and will do everything in my power to ensure its swift and effective implementation. I am thankful for the support of the Minority Business Advisory Council and Nashville Chamber of Commerce and strongly encourage the broader business community to study possible inequities in their own procurement practices.

This legislation represents the first step in establishing equity in Metro contracting. We also will be working to make certain we create a coordinated business ecosystem to provide our small, women- and minority- owned businesses the resources and opportunities necessary to be successful.

I want to thank bill sponsors Tanaka Vercher, Sharon Hurt and Scott Davis, their cosponsors, as well as the entire Metro Council for this important vote. Finally, I would like to thank Mayor’s Office Chief Diversity Officer Ashford Hughes for his leadership throughout this process.

I look forward to seeing the law’s real, positive effects on the people of Nashville and on our overall business community.