Following a disparity study that found significant disparities in the City of Davenport's contracting, the City Council plans to create new programs designed to overcome those disparities and level the playing field.
From the article:
City Administrator Craig Malin said a number of recommendations from Mason Tillman are already in the works, and will be brought before the council for approval soon. Then, city staff will work on implementing them.
Recommendations include expanding the city's Disadvantaged Business Program, starting a micro-loan program, establishing a set goal for minority and African-American contracting, and creating an ordinance that would prohibit bidders from negotiating separate affirmative action agreements outside the city's purview.