City to set up office on diversity

JERSEY CITY — Seeking to implement the recommendations of a report on diversity in Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop is asking the City Council to introduce an ordinance that would create a new office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, under the leadership of Reverend Reginald McRae, will work to ensure that minority- and women-owned businesses have an equal and fair opportunity to bid and win city contracts.
The city first commissioned a study on active and passive discrimination in procurement practices in 2007. The report, produced by MGT of America, came to be known as the “Croson Report” and took four years to complete; it concluded that minority and women-owned businesses were often underutilized.
“Over the last year, this committee has worked to understand the barriers facing minority and women-owned businesses. We took our time in order to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to address that disparity,” said Councilwoman Diane Coleman, who chaired the Croson study committee. “Through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, I and the entire committee are looking forward to expanding access to economic opportunity to all of the city’s residents.”

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