2022 City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Public Works Commission Disparity Study

The City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Public Works Commission Disparity Study has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C (GSPC) to conduct a Disparity Study (“Study”). The Study will determine the effectiveness of the current policies related to local, minority, and women owned businesses and to recommend modifications and adjustments, if necessary, to the City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Public Works Commission (“Fayetteville”)’s policies that comply with the law. 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 FayettevilleStudy@gspclaw.com or FayettevillePWCStudy@gspclaw.com.

Your testimony will play a critical role in improving current programs. Beginning with our Informational meetings in the late Summer. 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 October-November 2021.

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 Fayetteville, contact us at fayettevillestudy@gspclaw.com or fayettevillepwcstudy@gspclaw.com. We would greatly appreciate it if organizations would assist us in notifying local firms about our meetings.

Anecdotal Interviews


Anecdotal interviews are one-on-one interviews with business owners to discuss their experiences doing business with Fayetteville or navigating business development in the region.

Survey of Business Owners


GSPC is conducting a Survey of Business Owners to better understand the experiences of firms in Fayetteville’s marketplace in doing business both with and in the City and PWC. All firms are invited to take the survey, which was sent out in December of 2021. If you did not receive the survey directly, you can access it by clicking here.
This survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Email Comments


For those who are not contacted to participate in an interview or focus group, are unavailable, or are generally uncomfortable providing public testimony, you may email us anytime with anecdotal comments or questions at fayettevillestudy@gspclaw.com or fayettevillepwcstudy@gspclaw.com.

 

EVENTS

Informational Meetings


A virtual community meeting was held on August 25, 2021, to provide more information about this study and answer questions from the community.

DATE TIME VENUE
August 25, 2021 5:00 PM EST View the recording here.

Public Hearings


We held public hearings as an opportunity for businesses and other community members to go on the record with their comments about doing business with the City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville PWC or its marketplace. All comments are part of the public record and will be included in the Study analysis.

DATE TIME VENUE
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 5:00 PM EST View the recording here.
Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:00 PM EST View the recording here.

Focus Groups


GSPC invites a small group of diverse firms to provide their view of doing business with Fayetteville, attempting to business with the Fayetteville, or explaining why they have not attempted to do business with the Fayetteville, 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 Fayetteville or with the Fayetteville, please reach us on social media.

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