City council majority in support of new Croson study

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council members expressed support Wednesday for a new disparity study to examine the way the city awards contracts to minority and women-owned businesses.

Council member Pam Thomas commented that, "A new Croson Study will assist the City Administration to more thoroughly address the issue of contracts being awarded to minorities and women."

The city adopted race and gender neutral policies in 1999, but according to supporters of the study, contracts awarded to minority businesses have since fallen flat.

The most recent Croson study conducted for Cincinnati was in 2002 and cost approximately $1 million.

"Our community has changed in the last several years and this new study will reflect those changes.  I am eager for the results of the study to be published so we can begin working with the Administration and the community to implement those recommendations and continue moving Cincinnati forward in a positive direction," Thomas said. 

City council voted to use money from the city's parking deal to fund the study. How much it will cost and how long it will take to complete the study is due at council's first Budget and Finance Committee meeting in September. 

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