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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Disparity Study

The Dallas Fort Worth Airport is conducting a Disparity Study for its utilization of Minority/ Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (M/W/DBEs), and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBEs). This research project is designed to ensure that all firms have equal access to contracting opportunities on DFW prime contracts and associated subcontracts and concession opportunities. The study will also evaluate DFW’s current programs and recommend strategies to ensure all firms have full and fair opportunities to compete for DFW contracts and subcontracts.

The study will gather and analyze two types of evidence. First, it will examine statistical evidence of the Airport’s utilization of M/W/DBEs and ACDBES, the availability of such businesses as a percentage of all firms in the DFW’s market area and relevant industries. For locally funded contracts, the study will examine whether there are disparities, if any, between the availability of M/WBEs and their utilization on agency contracts and related subcontracts. The research will also analyze whether minority- and women-owned businesses experience disparities throughout the Airport’s area economy as a whole.

Second, the Study will gather qualitative or anecdotal evidence of any continuing effects of past or present race and sex discrimination, as well as factors necessary for entrepreneurial success, such as access to business capital, bonding, networks, suppliers, etc.

Another important component is a review of DFW’s current D/M/WBE and ACDBE programs.

Finally, the study will present recommendations for future initiatives and enhancements, including the use of contract goals.

The contract for this Study has been awarded to Colette Holt & Associates, a nationally recognized expert team on disparity studies and D/M/WBE/ACDBE programs, in conjunction with local partners Nervi’ Strategic Solutions, LLC and MRR & Associates, LLC.

How can you be involved? The participation of stakeholders and business owners is critical to the Study’s outcomes in two important ways.

First, the Study team will contact some businesses to confirm information on specific contracts and/or to receive additional contract information that is currently not available or accessible to DFW. Since government agencies, such as DFW, often only maintain contracting records related to contract compliance reporting, the consultant must rely on prime firms to supplement DFW’s contract data. This information is critical to developing an accurate analysis of the utilization of M/W/DBEs and ACDBEs on DFW projects. With the support and assistance of business owners, the study will present a complete picture of DFW’s contracting activities. CHA will work with the firms to make the process as easy as possible.

Second, interested persons and groups can be part of the process for anecdotal data collection by participating in a public meeting, stakeholder sessions, and focus groups of business owners to share experiences, insights and recommendations. It is very important that stakeholder groups such as industry organizations, community groups and chambers of commerce with an interest in DFW’s Programs and contracting activities, help to distribute information to their members, so that all firms can participate. The information generated from these sessions will be an important component of the analysis of whether the M/W/DBE and ACDBE programs remain narrowly tailored. To learn about sessions pertinent to your type of business, please email Colette Holt at

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