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Disparity Study

Nashville International Airport Disparity Study
Nashville International Airport (BNA) conducted a comprehensive, independently conducted disparity study to measure the effectiveness of the airport's Small, Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (SMWBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) programs for federally-assisted construction, professional services and commodities, and other services contracts to ensure that these programs remain legally defensible and administratively successful.

Conducted by independent research firm Colette Holt & Associates, the disparity study cites the success of BNA’s efforts and recommends continuation and expansion of these programs to further reduce any disparities in access to airport contracting opportunities based on race and gender.

Colette Holt & Associates analyzed BNA contract data from 2008 to 2012 using extensive focus groups and anecdotal evidence. Both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged firms expressed satisfaction in BNA’s programs and believed they were effective in providing access to procurement opportunities. Overall, the results suggest that BNA’s programs have been successful in reducing barriers to participation and recommends those efforts be continued and expanded. 

Currently, BNA is conducting a new, comprehensive, independently-conducted disparity study. Griffin & Strong, P.C. (GSPC), a law and public policy consulting firm based in Atlanta, was selected to conduct the study, which will analyze the availability and utilization of Small, Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (SMWBEs), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Airport Concessions DBEs (ACDBEs) in BNA contracting. 

Along with an availability and utilization analysis, this study will also provide the legal framework to review existing policies and procedures, anecdotal evidence and sound econometric analysis that meet strict scrutiny and regulatory requirements.
  • What is a disparity study?
Disparity studies evaluate contracting data to measure the participation of available Small, Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (SMWBEs) within governmental agencies. Disparities exist when these firms are found to be underutilized in comparison to the proportion of available and capable firms in the region. BNA’s last disparity study was conducted in 2014. 
  • Executive Summary

Click here to read the 2014 BNA Disparity Executive Summary.


  • Who do I contact with questions?
Contact Tiffany Taylor, Manager, Business Diversity Development, at (615) 275-2718 or