2021 City of Milwaukee Disparity Study

The City of Milwaukee has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C (GSPC) to conduct a Disparity Study (“Study”). The Study will determine whether there is a disparity between the percentage of minority and women owned firms that are available to provide goods and services to the City and the City’s utilization of those firms. Over the course of this Study, there will be several ways the local business community can be involved. GSPC will be conducting surveys, public hearings, virtual informational meetings, and other public engagement meetings. If your firm is contacted to provide input, we thank you for your participation. You may also email us any comments or questions at MilwaukeeStudy@gspclaw.com.

Your testimony will play a critical role in improving current programs. Beginning with our Informational meetings in the Spring. The Disparity Study anecdotal process will involve the completion of anecdotal interviews, public hearings and focus groups. We estimate that public hearings will occur in August 2021.


Local Organizations

GSPC also desires the feedback of organizations that speak for the local business community. Local business, civic, and trade organizations may be contacted to participate. If you desire to meet with GSPC to discuss your organizations perspective or relevant experience(s) working with the City of Milwaukee, contact us at MilwaukeeStudy@gspclaw.com. We would greatly appreciate it if organizations would assist us in notifying local firms about our meetings. 

Anecdotal Interviews

Anecdotal interviews are one-on-one interviews with business owners to discuss their experiences doing business with the City of Milwaukee or navigating business development in the region. 

Firms may be contacted by GSPC local partner, Rivera & Associates, Inc. for interviews. If contacted, we encourage your honest and transparent feedback.

Survey of Business Owners

GSPC will be conducting a Survey of Business Owners to understand the experiences of firms in the City of Milwaukee’s marketplace in doing business both with and in the City of Milwaukee. All firms in the marketplace are invited to take the survey which will be sent out in Summer, 2021. If you do not receive a survey directly, it will be posted on the website and you will be able to access it here.

Email Comments

For those who are not contacted to participate in an interview or focus group, are unavailable, or are generally uncomfortable providing public testimony, you may email us anytime with anecdotal comments or questions at MilwaukeeStudy@gspclaw.com.



Informational Meetings

To learn more about this Study, how to be involved, or to address any questions or concerns, please attend our community information meetings in the Spring. 


March 25, 2021 from 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. CST

Online Completed

March 25, 2021 from 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. CST

Online Completed

Public Hearings

The public hearings are an opportunity for businesses and other community members to go on the record with their comments about doing business with the City of Milwaukee, or its marketplace. All comments will become part of the public record and will be included in the Study analysis. The public hearings will be held in August 2021.


Focus Groups

GSPC invites a small group of diverse firms to provide their view of doing business with the City of Milwaukee, attempting to business with the City of Milwaukee, or explaining why they have not attempted to do business with the City of Milwaukee, in a discussion setting. Firms are chosen at random from each ethnicity and gender group of the Study.

Social Media

For information about scheduled events and Study updates, feel free to follow Griffin & Strong, P.C. on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedInYou may also provide commentary regarding the Study via social media, regardless of whether you are selected for a random interview. If you wish to provide a comment regarding your experiences, whether positive or negative, in doing business in the City of Milwaukee or with the City of Milwaukee, please reach us on social media.

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