New York State Hitting MWBE Goals, City Not So Much – City & State

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By ZACH WILLIAMS

Veterans in Economic Transition Conference, November 19-20 2019

New York City is a majority-minority city. More than half of New York state residents are women. But white men own the vast majority of companies that receive government contracts in the city and in the state. And though legislation to benefit minority- and women-owned business enterprises made huge strides in the past year, MWBE advocates said much remains to be done to even the playing field in government procurement.

In the final days of the state legislative session, lawmakers renewed and expanded New York City and state’s MWBE programs, which aim to give businesses owned by women and racial minorities a bigger share of government contracts. The changes signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July extended the state MWBE program through 2024, along with broadening eligibility rules, streamlining procurement processes, creating mentorship programs, increasing transparency and tightening exceptions for waivers to MWBE requirements. The new laws represent big …