Sound Transit 2019 Disparity Study

This study will report on the current market availability and capacity of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) and Minority Businesses and Women owned Businesses (“collectively M/WBE”) and their utilization. This study will also identify SBE utilization and any disparity of DBEs and M/WBEs and utilization in transportation or similarly related engineering and construction industries and will be delivered in 2019.

Over the course of this year-long Study, there will be several ways GSPC and Sound Transit desire to engage the local community. In addition to public engagement meetings and public hearings, some firms may also be contacted for a focus group, to provide anecdotal interviews or for a brief survey. If you are contacted, we thank you in advance for your participation.

SURVEY OF BUSINESS OWNERS

It is Sound Transit’s desire to utilize its procurement dollars to promote a diverse and equitable business environment that will benefit all communities. To further this objective, Griffin & Strong, P.C. will be conducting surveys to gather impressions and experiences in contracting or attempting to contract in the Seattle metro area and with Sound Transit.

The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete. If selected for this survey you will be contacted by phone or email.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact GSPC via email at SoundTransitStudy@gspclaw.com, or Deputy Project Manager, Sterling Johnson, at sterling@gspclaw.com.

ANECDOTAL INTERVIEWS

Outreach and Community Engagement

Anecdotal evidence collection for the Sound Transit 2019 Disparity Study has now concluded. Griffin & Strong thanks all of the business owners who participated in a public meeting, focus group, or provided comment about their experiences with the procurement process with Sound Transit. We also acknowledge our local team, The Planning Studio and Yates Consulting for their exceptional work in helping to collect the stories from business owners, organizations and civic leaders across the Sound region.

The study analysis has begun and will continue through the conclusion of the study. Be on the lookout for updates regarding study results and rollout in the near future.

Informational Meetings

To learn more about this study, how to be involved and to address any questions or concerns, please attend:

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS
Wednesday December 5th, 2018
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
South Seattle Community College – Georgetown Campus 6737 Corson Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108-3450
Were you unable to join us on December 5th? You can access our informational meeting powerpoint presentation here

Public Hearings

At the public hearings, comments regarding both positive and negative interactions with Sound Transit and in the public and private sector business communities will be heard and recorded by a court reporter. All comments provided during the public hearings will become a part of the public record and will be included in the Study analysis.

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS
Monday, April 22nd, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everett Station – Mt. Baker Room 3201 Smith Ave. Everett, WA. 98201
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Seattle Central Library – 4th Floor: Wright Family/Ketchum Meeting Room 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
Thursday April 25th, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters 4702 S 19th Street. Tacoma, WA 98405

 

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