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Gwinnett County Commissioners approve first disparity study

By AccessWDUN Staff

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a contract with consulting firm Griffin & Strong, P.C., to conduct the county’s first-ever disparity study.

The primary objective of the study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of current and historical procurement and contracting data, according to county officials. The examination will identify any disparities or barriers that may exist within the county’s purchasing and contracting policies and practices.

“In Gwinnett, our diversity is our greatest strength, and it is imperative that our procurement processes reflect these values,” Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson said. “The critical findings from this study will ensure the county is well equipped to address the barriers in procurement opportunities faced by our diverse businesses. I look forward to the work ahead as we identify responsive action while launching meaningful initiatives that promote inclusion in our government contracting practices.”

During their annual strategic planning session in 2022, a key takeaway from the session for commissioners was to develop a request for proposals for a disparity study of procurement activities that would ensure any economic investments align with this vision.

 “The study’s findings will serve as a critical foundation for policy evaluation and decision-making,” County Administrator Glenn Stephens said. “By providing valuable insights, Gwinnett will be empowered to consider, evaluate and analyze policies and practices with the ultimate aim of implementing effective measures that advance our status as a national benchmark community.”

Griffin & Strong, P.C., will perform the study in “strict adherence to constitutional mandates, governing laws, court decisions and industry best practices,” officials said Tuesday.

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