2020 City of Frederick Disparity Study

The City of Frederick has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C (GSPC) to conduct a Disparity Study (“Study”) to evaluate the existence of discrimination in City contracting. The Study will also have an independent assessment of current and proposed minority and women owned business enterprise program(s), policies, and procedures. Over the course of this Study, there will be several ways the local business community can be involved. GSPC will be conducting surveys, public hearings, webinars and other public engagement meetings. If your firm is contacted to provide input, we thank you for your participation. You may also email us any comments or questions at FrederickStudy@GSPCLaw.com.

ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE COLLECTION

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS


GSPC also desires the feedback of organizations that speak for the local business community. Local business, civic, and trade organizations may be contacted to participate. If you desire to meet with GSPC to discuss your organizations perspective or relevant experience(s) working with the City of Frederick, contact us at FrederickStudy@GSPCLaw.com.

Anecdotal Interviews


The Disparity Study will provide opportunity for feedback from business owners about experiences, both positive and negative, contracting with Frederick, Maryland. Anecdotal interviews are one-on-one interviews with business owners to discuss their experiences doing business with Frederick, Maryland or navigating business development in the region.

This testimony can play a critical role in improving current programs. Beginning with our Informational meetings, that will be scheduled for April, 2020 the Disparity Study anecdotal process will involve the completion of anecdotal interviews, public hearings and focus groups. We estimate that public hearings will occur in August, 2020.

Firms may be contacted by GSPC representatives, McMillon Communications for interviews. If contacted, we encourage your honest and transparent feedback.

Survey of Business Owners


GSPC will be conducting a Survey of Business Owners to understand the experiences of firms in the City of Frederick’s marketplace in doing business both with and in the City of Frederick.  All firms in the marketplace are invited to take the survey which will be sent out in Summer, 2020.  If you do not receive a survey directly, it will be posted on the website and you will be able to access it here.

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GSPC will be conducting a Survey of Business Owners to understand the experiences of firms in the City of Frederick’s marketplace in doing business both with and in the City of Frederick.  All firms in the marketplace are invited to take the survey which will be sent out in Summer, 2020.  If you do not receive a survey directly, it will be posted on the website and you will be able to access it here FrederickStudy@GSPCLaw.com.

EVENTS

Informational Meetings


To learn more about this Study, how to be involved, or to address any questions or concerns, please attend our community information meeting on May 6, 2020. 

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS
May 6, 2020 at 12:00– 1:30 p.m. Online Completed.

Community Engagement to Collect Public Testimony


The community engagements to collect public testimony is an opportunity for businesses and other community members to go on the record with their comments about doing business with the City of Frederick, or its marketplace.  All comments will be recorded by a court reporter and made a part of the public record and included in the Study analysis. 

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS

September 1, 2020 from 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m

Online Completed.

September 2, 2020 from 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.

Online Completed.

Focus Groups


GSPC invites a small group of diverse firms to provide their view of doing business with the City of Frederick, attempting to business with the City of Frederick, or explaining why they have not attempted to do business with the City of Frederick, in a discussion setting.  Firms are chosen at random from each ethnicity and gender group of the Study.

Social Media

For information about scheduled events and Study updates, feel free to follow Griffin & Strong, P.C. on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. You may also provide commentary regarding the Study via social media, regardless of whether you are selected for a random interview. If you wish to provide a comment regarding your experiences, whether positive or negative, in doing business in the City of Frederick or with the City of Frederick, please reach us on social media.

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