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City of West Palm Beach Disparity Study Report

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Jane Thompson Memorial Chambers and Atrium

301 N Olive Ave. 6th Fl.

West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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The City of West Palm Beach will host the first of two community informational sessions to discuss the results of its recent Disparity Study.

In 2015 the City of West Palm Beach (City) commissioned a Disparity Study (Study) because it has a compelling interest to remedy any ongoing effects of discrimination in its market area. The purpose of the disparity study is to determine whether or not a statistically significant disparity existed in the City’s award of contracts to ready, willing, and able Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprises’ hereinafter referred to as Minority and Caucasian Female Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). Under a fair and equitable system of awarding contracts, the proportion of contract dollars awarded to M/WBEs should be relatively close to the corresponding proportion of available M/WBEs in the relevant market area. If the available M/WBE prime contractors are underutilized, a statistical test is conducted to calculate the probability of observing the empirical disparity ratio or any event which is less probable.

We invite public participation to attend this meeting on notable findings and recommendations. The City of West Palm Beach strives to improve the quality of life to its residents and businesses through the development of social and economic opportunities. We welcome community attendance and input.

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