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Study: Vast majority of Asheville contracts go to white men

November 29, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A new study says one North Carolina city has disproportionately awarded city contracts to businesses owned by white men.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the Asheville-commissioned study from BBC Research and Consulting was presented Tuesday at a council meeting. The yearlong study found nearly $106 million of the $118 million paid to businesses from 2012 to 2017 went to firms owned by white men.

BBC Managing Director Sameer Bawa says that while there are fewer businesses in the area owned by women and minorities, the ones that exist were still underused for city contracts.

And of the businesses not owned by white men, those owned by white women received the next biggest share of city contract funds.

Mayor Esther Manheimer says the study could set a legal basis for instituting quotas.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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