Tulsa Studies Its Use of Minority- and Female-Owned Businesses

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The city of Tulsa is conducting a study on the utilization of minority- and female-owned businesses for city contracts and services.

A public hearing on business disparity is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cheryl Selman Conference Room at the Tulsa Public Schools Education Service Center, 3027 S. New Haven.

The city study includes different minority groups, including Native Americans, Asian-Americans and African-Americans, and nonminority female-owned companies, said Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, Tulsa human rights director.

The city contracted with MGT of America Inc., a national consulting company, to conduct the study. MGT completed phase one of the study in mid-2009 and presented results to the city in July. The second phase includes interviews, focus groups and two public hearings. The session on Thursday is one of the public hearings.

"I expect a large number of subcontractors, minorities and women to attend the hearing," Turner-Addison said. "I also expect some private contractors to attend the meeting because it impacts them, too."

Participants will be asked about difficulties or barriers faced when bidding as a prime contractor, subcontractor or vendor. …