Pensacola City Council Unanimously Supports Plan for Community Input on Minority & Women Business Enterprise Program

The City of Pensacola’s plan for MGT of America to implement an outreach initiative for local business and community input on the proposed Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program passed with unanimous support of the Pensacola City Council on the March 27th consent agenda. In December 2013, the Council held a workshop to receive a presentation by MGT of America on the draft policies for the proposed M/WBE program. After a question and answer session regarding the details in the presentation, the Council accepted the program design by consensus. However, according to information included in the Council’s Agenda Item, there are several steps remaining to arrive at a final set of policies and the adoption of an ordinance instituting the new program.

A schedule of remaining activities by MGT was presented for Council’s approval. The remaining events include an outreach effort to distribute the program draft to community stakeholders and businesses for their feedback for the writing of the final program policy and ordinance adoption. The outreach activities will be performed MGT and its local subcontractor, Tony McCray, Jr. and his firm, Tony McCray and Associates. This community and business feedback will be provided to Council so it can provide any additional direction to MGT. Once these steps have been finalized, a final policy document and ordinance will be presented to City Council for their approval.

There were representatives of the African-American business community present in support of the M/WBE program in the audience: Eugene Franklin the President of the Florida Black Chamber of Commerce; Mike Hicks, President of Hixardt Technologies; Charles Colbert, VP for Merchandise Distributors KW, Inc.; Fred Gant, Attorney-at-Law; Greg Green, President of Green Construction; Lloyd Reshard, President of Pensacola Network; Michael Stanton, President of Emerald Waters Medical Clinic; George Hawthorne, President of Diversity Program Advisors and MGT Sub-Contractor; and Tony McCray, Jr., President Tony McCray & Associates, a member of the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber, also, an MGT Sub-Contractor.

During City Council Meeting, the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce (GCAACC) Board of Directors was conducting its monthly meeting in the 1st Floor Conference Room of City Hall. Following the vote by City Council those businesses in attendance attended the GCAACC Board of Directors meeting. A report of next steps for the M/WBE program of work approved by the Council was made to the Board and their new Executive Director, Ms. Nicole Dixon.

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