Athens-Clarke County Disparity Study

The Athens-Clarke County (“The Unified Government”) have embarked upon a Disparity Study, led by MGT Consulting Group. The Disparity Study will evaluate procurement and contracting by the Unified Government and will be conducted within the legal framework as established by court rulings, to determine the absence or presence of discrimination in contracting by the Unified Government, and how that relates to implementing an affirmative action program in public contracting. 

In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co that the City’s Minority Business Utilization Plan was unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause. This landmark case established that state and local race-based programs must uphold “strict scrutiny,” which recognized the following:

  • The governmental entity must show that racial classification is narrowly tailored to achieve a compelling governmental interest.
  • A race-based remedial program may be created to rectify the effects of identified, systemic, past racial discrimination within its jurisdiction. 

The study will include the analysis of contract and purchasing data between July 1, 2017 (FY17) through June 30, 2021 (FY21) for the Construction, Architectural and Engineering, Other Services, Professional Services, and Goods industries. The data collected will also include qualitative or anecdotal data provided by business owners and area trade associations and business organizations.

The final report will include recommendations related to the procurement and contracting and program based on the results of the data collected and analyzed for the study and will also include establishing overall aspirational goals We are encouraging all business owners, both M/WBE certified and non-M/WBE certified, to provide information about their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business, with the Unified Government.

Disparity Study Management Team

For information about doing business with Athens-Clarke County, visit

Jessica Beri
Purchasing Administrator

Toro Holt
Interim Community Business Coordinator and Senior Buyer

MGT Consulting Group
Ms. Vernetta A. Mitchell
(813) 321-1400 ext. 2131