Memphis-Shelby County Schools and Griffin & Strong, P.C. invite local business owners to our virtual public hearings for the 2023 Disparity Study

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Memphis-Shelby County Schools local business owners are invited to attend our virtual 2023 Disparity Study Public Hearings

As a part of ongoing efforts to ensure equity and access, Memphis-Shelby County Schools (“MSCS”) has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C. (“GSPC”) to conduct a Disparity Study to determine whether there is a significant, statistical disparity between the availability of qualified, willing and able minority and women owned firms and the utilization of such businesses by MSCS.

The Disparity Study will gather information necessary to determine whether all qualified firms have the maximum practicable opportunity to compete for and participate in MSCS’s procurement of prime contracts and associated subcontracts and, if indicated by the evidence, will support the use of strategies to ensure such opportunities.

In the interest of preserving public health amidst COVID-19 concerns, Griffin & Strong, P.C., a law and public policy consulting firm, will conduct (2) two virtual public hearings on behalf of MSCS. Community members are invited to share their experiences, both positive and negative, doing business with, or pursuing business with Memphis-Shelby County Schools.

We encourage your participation and look forward to your feedback on how MSCS can improve diverse representation in public contracting. As a part of the public record, all comments will be recorded and may be used as anecdotal evidence for the Disparity Study.
Virtual Public Hearing Date(s) and Time(s):
· Public Hearing: Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM CST
· Public Hearing: Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

REGISTER HERE:
Tuesday – February 21st, 2023 at 5:30pm CST
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtcO2grTgsE9Cx5sZCoIqYSxzXbLueBPNv
Wednesday – February 22nd, 2023 at 12pm CST
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsde-vrTwoGN2_4cw2O-VzuVl4CbwvLhv0
Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the hearing. For questions or concerns, please email GSPC at MemphisShelbySchoolsStudy@gspclaw.com. Also, visit our website at http://www.mscsdisparitystudy.com.

About Griffin & Strong, P.C.
Griffin & Strong, P.C. is a law and public policy consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1992, the firm has represented individual clients, small businesses, corporations, and government entities in public policy consulting, legislation, contract compliance, supplier diversity consulting and disparity studies.

About MSCS Office of Minority, Women-Owned, and Small Business Enterprises
The District’s commitment to the success of Minority, Women-Owned, and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs) is demonstrated through ongoing efforts to take necessary steps to assure that increased opportunities are provided for MWSBEs to participate in the performance of District contracts. As a result of more focused and intentional actions, MSCS has increased MWSBE participation with some of the Districts’ largest supply, service, and construction contracts.

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Austin Broussard
Griffin & Strong, P.C.
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