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Sunday, November 25, 2007

SA Regional Disparity Study Consortium hearings

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San Antonio Regional Disparity Study Consortium Notice of Disparity Study Public Hearings

The San Antonio Regional Disparity Study Consortium will hold public hearings to receive testimony regarding business owners’ experiences and incidents by vendors, contractors, or members of the Consortium in the San Antonio area.

The public hearings will be held as follows:
Public Hearing #1
Date: Friday, November 30th
Time: 8 a.m. – noon
Location: Methodist Healthcare Ministry
4507 Medical Drive , 3rd Floor,
The Boardroom

Public Hearing #2
Date: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Palo Alto College,
1400 Villaret Blvd. Student Cafeteria

Public Hearing #3
Date: Monday, December 3rd
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)
8700 Tesoro Dr., Suite 100

Public Hearing #4
Date: Wednesday, December 5th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: SMWBO Conference, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center

The purpose of these hearings is to learn about business owners’ experiences with contracting or subcontracting, or attempting to do so, on any of the entities’ projects and, relatedly, their experiences with these entities. Thus, if you have tried to contract with any member of the Consortium, or vendors, or contractors working under an agreement with a member of the Consortium, the Consortium would like to know about your experiences.

The information the Consortium will be seeking includes, but is not limited to: whether or not firms face difficulties or barriers when bidding as prime contractors, subcontractors, or vendors; whether or not business owners believe they have been treated fairly or unfairly based on their race, ethnicity or gender; whether or not prime contractors solicit, or fail to solicit, bids or price quotes from S/M/WBEs on non-goal projects; and whether or not there is a level playing field for firms in access to capital, bonding and insurance. Personal testimony will be limited to five minutes.

If you need a special accommodation, please notify Jo McCall at 210.913.0072 by 12:00 noon on Friday, November 23, 2007. If you are not able to attend a public hearing to provide the Consortium your testimony, you may submit a written testimony electronically to or by mail to McCall & Associates Office, Attention: Jo McCall, 1617 E. Commerce Street, Suite 5103 San Antonio , Tx 78205 no later than December 20, 2007.

For more information on the Disparity Study, contact Ms. Anita Martin, San Antonio Regional Disparity Study Project Manager at (210) 207-3900, or Ms. Hope Smith, MGT of America, Inc. at (850) 386-3191,

The San Antonio Regional Business Disparity Study Consortium consists of:

City of San Antonio-Bexar County-CPS Energy-Alamo Regional Mobility Authority-Brooks City-Base-Edwards Aquifer Authority-Port Authority of San Antonio-University Health System-San Antonio Housing Authority-San Antonio Water System

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