'Depressing, to be sure': Few signs of progress on MWBE contracts

The proportion of city contracts that went to minority-owned businesses has reached a low not seen since 2013. Of the $30.4 billion in total contracts awarded by the city in fiscal 2021, only $1.16 billion—3.8%—were awarded to minority- or woman-owned business enterprises, the lowest total since city procurement reached 2.7% in 2013.

Spending on the Covid-19 pandemic response showed little improvement: Businesses owned by Black and Hispanic New Yorkers each received 1% of the $3.5 billion in city spending. The entire MWBE universe, which includes Asian and female business owners, received 16%, or $554 million, of the total $3.5 billion pot.

Of more than 10,500 MWBE-certified firms in

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