Center on Race and Social Problems

Increasing Local Government Contracts with African American Firms

Principal Investigator(s): 
January 1, 2004 to January 1, 2007

The purpose of this study was to find out whether qualified and interested African American firms were actually trying to obtain information from local governments on prime contract opportunities, and if so, what barriers were preventing them from obtaining the information and from bidding. In partnership with MBE directors at two local governments, we interviewed 20 African American firms that were qualified for and interested in prime contracts with each of these local governments to find out the strengths of the firms, past experiences with local government prime contracts, recent efforts to obtain information on contract opportunities, and what changes in local government practices would be needed for the firms to bid. Two reports are available: