As a result of the City of Minneapolis Public Health Emergency Declaration on March 16th, 2020, the Department of Civil Rights is operating in a modified capacity and will be unable to hold in-person intakes, filings, or meetings. Please utilize our website to file complaints or inquiries. Additionally, you can file a complaint or inquiry by contacting Minneapolis 311.
Phone: 311 (within city of Minneapolis) -or- (612) 673-3000
Text: 311TXT or 311898 to start your text
E-Mail: [email protected]
Staff are still available as usual during business hours and will respond to e-mails and voicemails per usual.
2017 Joint Disparity Study
The City of Minneapolis supports an environment where all people and companies working with the City can compete for our business fairly, and the City strives to eliminate discrimination against women-owned and minority-owned business. The disparity study will show whether or not there is a disparity between the availability of MBEs and WBEs located within the City’s marketplace and the utilization of those businesses. The City’s Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP) addresses the effects of past discrimination in contracting and promotes equal opportunities for all to participate in contracts generated by the City. The City’s previous disparity study was completed in 2010 (see below).
The 2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Administration, and brings together eight state and local government entities, leveraging their collective reach to conduct a stronger disparity analysis than each entity would be able to do on their own. The Disparity Study is being led by Keen Independent Research.
The following eight entities are participating:
- City of Minneapolis
- City of Saint Paul, including the Housing and Redevelopment Authority
- Hennepin County
- Metropolitan Airports Commission
- Metropolitan Council
- Minnesota State
- Mosquito Control District
- State of Minnesota, along with Minnesota Department of Transportation
The disparity study is anticipated to be completed by late 2017. The final report will be completed and provided to the public in early 2018.
- Read the 2017 City of Minneapolis Draft Executive Summary
- Read the 2017 City of Minneapolis Draft Report
All questions and/or comments relating to the 2017 Disparity Study should be sent directly to the Minnesota Department of Administration.
2010 City of Minneapolis Disparity Study
The City of Minneapolis supports an environment where all people and companies working with the City can compete for our business fairly, and the City strives to eliminate discrimination against women-owned and minority-owned business. The City’s Small and Underutilized Business addresses the effects of past discrimination in contracting and promotes equal opportunities for all to participate in contracts generated by the City.
The City commissioned a Disparity Study to examine evidence that would support the continuation of Minneapolis’ Small and Underutilized Business Program and see whether any modifications of that plan would be beneficial. This study, which is now complete, supports setting goals for women and minority business participation in City contracts.
Last updated Mar 18, 2020