FCCJ to Study Minority-, Female-Owned Business Policy

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The share of contracts awarded by Florida Community College at Jacksonville to companies owned by women and minorities increased from 3 percent in 1991 to 12 percent this year.

But the increase did not result from the additional points attached to their evaluations, an administration report indicates, but rather through an effort to reach out to these businesses.

For that reason, the community college trustees next month may consider dropping a policy that gives additional weight to proposals submitted by women- and minority-owned firms. The policy, adopted in November 1993 by a previous board, allows these companies to earn up to 10 extra points on an 100-point evaluation.

Since the college began evaluating contracts with consideration to race and gender, no contract was lost or won based on the extra points, said Laurence Snell, associate vice president of purchasing property and auxiliary business services.

"It alone is not a determining factor," he said.

The extra consideration given to women and minorities does not apply to construction-related contracts, only for those involving professional services. …

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