Results of New Orleans Disparity Study
This afternoon, the City of New Orleans presented the preliminary findings of a city-wide disparity study. This study examines the business playing field and whether or not it is level for minority- and women-owned businesses (MBE/WBEs) to compete with majority companies.
The study found that there is not a level playing field for MBE/WBEs in the New Orleans marketplace. The study also reveals that in different business sectors and for different minority groups, the disparity is not uniform, meaning minority groups may be affected disproportionately depending on race and gender and depending on the business sector.
Public comments are being accepted through March 31st and the final draft of the study will be delivered shortly thereafter.