A presentation about local government contracting with companies owned by minorities and women that was scheduled for Thursday’s Durham City Council work session has been postponed to March 5.
A representative from the Atlanta law firm Griffin & Strong, which did the study, was unable to travel for the session, according to Deputy City Manager Wanda Page.
Written copies of the firm’s report ( nando.com/disparity) provided to the council in advance showed that the city and county programs are falling short of expectations.
Griffin & Strong found that, while such companies are regularly hired as subcontractors in some fields, they are “underutilized” in others, and significantly underutilized as prime contractors for construction, architecture and engineering, and as purveyors of services and goods, according to a disparity study jointly commissioned by the two local governments.
The city and county of Durham jointly funded the $300,000 study. The county commissioners received the presentation at their Feb. 2 work session, according to Commissioner Ellen Reckhow, but did not have the full report text and have not discussed the findings.