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File #: 2026-2021    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/12/2021 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 7/26/2021 Final action: 7/28/2021
Title: To repeal existing Title 39 of the Columbus City Codes and to enact a new Title 39 in order to establish the Diversity and Inclusion Code and to provide for the operations of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Sponsors: Shannon G. Hardin
Attachments: 1. Ord 2026-2021 Revisions to Title 39 Attachments, 2. Ord 2026-2021 Revisions to Title 39 Attachments AMENDED
Explanation

1. BACKGROUND: This legislation establishes the authority for the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) to implement the policy for the City of Columbus’ new minority and women-owned business and small local business enterprise programs (per Ordinance 1749-2021 as passed by City Council on July 12th, 2021). The policy is based on the results of the City’s 2019 Disparity Study completed by Mason Tillman and Associates and accepted by Columbus City Council July 31, 2019. (Resolution # 0220X-2019). Based on the findings of the study, in collaboration with City Departments and external stakeholders, the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has recommended the implementation of race and gender neutral and race and gender specific policies. These new minority business enterprise and women business enterprise ("MBE/WBE") program policies and small local business enterprise ("SLBE") program, all as further detailed in the associated policy manual, require that Title 39 of the Columbus City Codes be repealed and replaced in order to update, reorganize, and provide for the implementation of the MBE/WBE and SLBE Programs.

Title

To repeal existing Title 39 of the Columbus City Codes and to enact a new Title 39 in order to establish the Diversity and Inclusion Code and to provide for the operations of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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WHEREAS, On July 31, 2019, Columbus City Council accepted the findings of the City of Columbus 2019 Disparity Study and the conclusions regarding minority and women-owned business enterprises and requested the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to develop an implementation plan to address the disparities found within the Study; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the direction of City Council, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with City Departments and external stakeholders, reviewed and prioritized the recommendations of the Study; and

WHEREAS, the Director of the Office...

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