NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Mayor David Briley was joined by Metro Council members on Friday as he signed the Equal Business Opportunity ordinance.
Briley outlined the new policy in November, the ordinance aimed at giving more opportunities to minority and woman-owned businesses. It comes following an independent disparity study done by consultants Griffin and Strong which showed Metro is falling behind in awarding Metro contracts to these groups.
The new ordinance will will create annual race and gender procurement rules and accountability measures guaranteeing performance by contractors.
Briley previously stated the city will establish a communications plan and support network for minority and women business owners to answer questions and help achieve the goals in the new legislation.