New survey for Harrisburg businesses focuses on diversity and inclusion

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Harrisburg executives gathered to discuss a new survey of area businesses Tuesday morning. The goal of the survey, which focuses on equity, inclusion and diversity, is to create a positive impact on work environments in the community.

“The overall goal of the study is to identify the city’s contracting gaps with respect to diverse vendor participation,” said Hillary Greene, director of city procurement services. “We will then be able to establish a basis for the introduction of legislation reflecting the true availability of various service providers and suppliers in the study region of the city.

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Businesses in the Capital Region, which includes Dauphin, York, Lancaster, Adams and Cumberland counties, are invited to participate in the disparity study by clicking here and answer 23 questions. Questions include whether the business is women-owned or minority-, veteran-, disabled-, or LGBTQ-owned.

“Essentially, the city is committed to giving every minority-run business the same opportunity to succeed working with the Harrisburg government as anyone else,” said Matthew Maisel, director of communications for the town of Harrisburg.

According to the release, the study will encompass all areas of Harrisburg city government, not just public works projects like construction.

“When you use a diverse group of buying practices, you get a better return on your investment and it also opens up opportunities for city businesses for business efforts,” said Marita Kelly, chief financial officer for the city of Harrisburg.

The cost of the study is $250,000 and all information collected will be confidential and used for statistical purposes only.

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