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Disparity Study

The City of St. Petersburg is currently conducting a disparity study. A disparity study determines whether a government entity, either in the past or currently, engages in exclusionary practices in the solicitation and award of contracts to minority-, and women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBEs). 

Disparity Study Fact Sheet

Determining Disparity

The City has contracted with Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. to design and conduct an independent study to review the City’s efforts. The disparity study will identify challenges for minority- and women-owned businesses in doing business with the City of St. Petersburg. Disparity is calculated in the form of an index. The inputs include both quantitative and qualitative data inputs.


  • Determination that a disparity study should happen COMPLETED
  • Draft of RFP and community input COMPLETED
  • Request for Proposals released for consultant applicants COMPLETED
  • Award of bid to consultant COMPLETED
  • Quantitative data collection IN PROCESS
  • Final Phase: Qualitative data collection—community input phase LAUNCHING NOVEMBER 16

Community Engagement

There are a number of ways stakeholders can be involved and informed. Input collected throughout the study will be considered and incorporated into the final report.

  • One-on-One Business Interviews
  • Disparity Study Public Community Meeting (Virtual)
    The City of St. Petersburg held virtual business community meeting on November 16, 2020 to discuss its Disparity Study. The Study is designed to assess the participation of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises on the City's contracts and to review relevant procurement policies to maximize their participation. The virtual business community meeting also allowed business owners the opportunity to ask questions about the Study, obtain information regarding SBE certification, and learn about upcoming contracting opportunities. 
  • Take the Community Survey