A Disparity Study is an evaluation of the procurement and contracting practices of government agencies, particularly their use of disadvantaged, minority-owned, and women-owned business enterprises.
The agency participating in the Study is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd., a national expert in conducting disparity studies based in Oakland, California, is conducting the Study.
Metro’s project manager is:
Tashai R. Smith
Director, Small Business Programs
Diversity & Economic Opportunity Department
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The purpose of this Study is to determine if there is a disparity between the number of disadvantaged, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses within the local market area that are ready, willing, and able to provide construction services, architecture and engineering, other professional services, and goods and other services, and the number of these same business types that are actually participating in these same types of contracts.
This Study is an update of a previous Metro Disparity Study.
Metro decided to conduct a Disparity Study to accomplish the following:
There are many benefits of a Study. The three principal benefits for Metro are:
The Study will be guided by the United States Supreme Court’s 1989 decision in City of Richmond v. Croson J.A. Croson Co., 488 U.S. 469 (1989) and subsequent related cases.
The Study will also be guided by the United States Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26.
Metro and their consultant, Mason Tillman, will conduct a broad-based community outreach program and use a thorough data collection process. Metro’s contract records, certification lists, and trade and professional association lists will help identify businesses that are available. In addition, Metro will utilize business lists from other governmental agencies.
The industries being studied include construction, architectural and engineering, other professional services, and goods and other services. The Study Period is January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2010.
Local business owners can get involved in many ways, such as the following:
Contact Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. at 213.947.1695, by e-mail at LAMetroDisparityStudy@mtaltd.com
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