Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Branch of NAACP Seeks New Survey; It Wants to Get a Gauge of Minority Hiring in the Hospitality Industry

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Branch of NAACP Seeks New Survey; It Wants to Get a Gauge of Minority Hiring in the Hospitality Industry

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Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union

The Jacksonville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is considering conducting a hospitality industry survey to determine the level of minority hiring following the lack of response to a similar survey earlier this year.

NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin said his organization will conduct the survey if the Jacksonville Community Council Inc., a 29-year-old non-profit civic organization, declines to re-poll industry managers.

On Friday, JCCI Executive Director Skip Cramer said the first attempt at a poll proved that a mail-in survey was ineffective. So the organization is looking at other methods of collecting such data, including its annual race relations report card that's still being developed and due to be completed this fall.

In May, JCCI Forward, a division of JCCI, polled Jacksonville's hospitality industry to determine if racial and ethnic minorities are excluded from policy-making, executive management positions.

The organization sent 58 surveys to convention business executives in Jacksonville on March 29 with an April 19 deadline. It received no responses.

Rumlin has asked the JCCI to try again -- especially considering that organization conducted a race relations study released in 2002.

"It's going to be done," he said. "If JCCI can do a study on race relations then certainly we can do a small hospitality survey. We're concerned with diversity locally. In reality, JCCI should have done a better job based on the study of race relations. I think there are certain issues groups are afraid to touch, and this is one of them."

But Cramer said the mailed survey didn't work. …

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