Tampa says an Ordinance regarding Minority contracting will be ready in May

04/05/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last year, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio appointed a task force to determine how to give minority owned businesses greater access to city contracts.


That came after a consultant delivered a report, saying there was plenty of room for improvement in the City’s hiring of prime and sub Minority contacting.

Today The Tampa City Council was told that that Task Force will be drafting language for an Ordinance that would address the issue sometime late next month


Greg Hart is the Director of the City’s Minority business development department.

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Hart said the the Task force had held several meetings, but finished their work early last month.


City Attorney David Smith agreed that language for a new Ordinance would be ready by mid to late May.  He also said that he wanted to speak privately with each Council member about the proposed Ordinance, because of fears of potential litigation that has been directed at similar local governments when writing such laws(roll tape#2 o.q.’measures”)


Attorney Smith added that he thought the Ordinance would not run into any Constitutional problems.

The 2006 study results showed that minority- and women-owned businesses were adequately  represented in construction and construction-related subcontracts.

But the consultant- California based  Mason Tillman found statistically significant differences between potential local candidates for major contracts and the work they received

New City Councilman Thomas Scott asked in lieu of the Ordinance, what did the City have in place now regarding minority contracting?  Again, The city of Tampa’s Greg Hart (roll tape#3 o.q.”established and verified”)


Again, that new Ordinance will come before the City Council later next month.


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