Promoting diversity and inclusion in business hiring, government contracting and career advancement has become a central focus of the NAACP Florida State Conference in recent years.
We recently released a report card on the records of targeted cities, counties, school districts and private corporations in Florida after examining those records.
In summary, most local governments spend less than two percent with veteran, minority, and women-owned businesses. This is terrible when Florida’s population is more than 25 percent minority.
The city of Miami received an “F” in spending with veteran, minority, and women-owned businesses and received an “A” in minority marketing/advertising.
The Broward County Board of Commissioners received an “F” in spending with veteran, minority, and women-owned businesses and received a “B” in minority marketing/advertising.
The NAACP is calling on the public to demand transparency and accountability in how your tax dollars are spent.
We encourage you to monitor the spending by your local school district, county commission, city commission, water management district and hospital district.
Adora Obi Nweze and Torey Alston, Fort Lauderdale