City of Asheville Submitted: March 19, 2018 | Updated: February 18, 2019

Racial disparity study

I would like a copy of the Racial Disparity Study mentioned in the Citizen Times article in July 2017 "In June the city hired a Denver, Colorado firm to do a $320,000 racial disparity study." https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2017/07/21/asheville-hires-first-equity-manager-focus-racial-equality/498156001/

**Editor’s Note: Of note for the requester, there is a completed similar request you may be interested here at: https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/racial-disparity-study-rfp-contract-scope-work/

Also, the City’s referenced project page tracking their progress on the Disparity Study is found at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/comm_public/projects_n_initiatives/disparity_study.htm

**Editor’s Note Pt. 2: The Disparity Study has been completed. BBC Research and Consulting provided the results of the study to Council Planning & Economic Development Committee on November 12 and City Council on November 27. The Disparity Study Results were provided to the public on November 28 – two sessions at 6pm and 7pm at the Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, 121 Shiloh Road. Look for the full report and data by December 10, City of Asheville will provide a notification when it is posted for viewing.

VIDEO LINKS:
11/12 – Council Planning & Economic Development Committee
11/28 – Disparity Study Results @ Linwood Crump Shiloh Center (Part 1)
11/28 – Disparity Study Results @ Linwood Crump Shiloh Center (Part 2)

Status: Government Processing Request

Activity:

  • February 18, 2019 12:50 pm

    4 days ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Feb 18, 2019, 12:50 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Brenda,

     

    Thank you so much! We really appreciate your reply and assistance.

     

    Thank you for the update.

     

    Have a great day,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 11, 2019 12:52 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>,
    Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Feb 11, 2019, 12:52 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi,

     

    We are working on the Legal portion with our Legal staff and BBC’s Legal subcontractor.

     

    We have a call with their staff in about 10 days and then we should be able to finalize this document.

     

    Thanks for your continued interest and I will keep you posted.

     

    Brenda Mills
    Neighborhood & Community Engagement Manager | City of Asheville
    Communications & Public Engagement Dept.
    5th Floor (Room 523), Asheville City Hall


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 11, 2019 12:42 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Feb 11, 2019, 12:42 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Brenda,

     

    We appreciate your update from three weeks ago regarding the study.

     

    I’d like to check in again to ask when is the date that you anticipate that everything about this Study will be “fully completed” – This is so that we can mark this request as “Fulfilled” on our website, and so that we won’t need to continue to follow up to ask for updates.

     

    If there is not a date in mind, that’s fine. We’ll indicate this to users on our site, at link to the Study’s page for them to monitor – Just let us know.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 31, 2019 12:45 pm

    3 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Jan 31, 2019, 12:45 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Brenda,

     

    We appreciate your update from two weeks ago regarding the study.

     

    I’d like to check in again to ask when is the date that you anticipate that everything about this Study will be “fully completed” – This is so that we can mark this request as “Fulfilled” on our website, and so that we won’t need to continue to follow up to ask for updates.

     

    If there is not a date in mind, that’s fine. We’ll indicate this to users on our site, at link to the Study’s page for them to monitor – Just let us know.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 24, 2019 12:35 pm

    4 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    cc: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>,
    Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Jan 24, 2019, 12:35 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Brenda,

     

    We appreciate your update from last week on the study, just wanted to follow up and check in again!

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 17, 2019 1:29 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    cc: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>,
    Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Jan 17, 2019, 1:29 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    What is on the project page is a “draft.” I will send a note confirming the final as soon as possible. The final will not change drastically – reviewing errors/typos, City legal comments, etc.

     

    Thanks!
    Brenda Mills
    Neighborhood & Community Engagement Manager | City of Asheville
    Communications & Public Engagement Dept.
    5th Floor (Room 523), Asheville City Hall
    828.259.5506 – Office | 828.712.2324 – Cell


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • January 17, 2019 1:27 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    cc: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>,
    Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Jan 17, 2019, 1:25 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi All,

     

    Following up on my email again. Can you please confirm whether this request can be marked as “Complete” on our site, and that the study is fully completed? https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/racial-disparity-study/

     

    Thank you for all your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 10, 2019 1:58 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    cc: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>,
    Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Jan 10, 2019, 1:58 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi all,

     

    Just wanted to confirm that this request can be closed on our site and that the study is fully completed? Thank you for all your help!

    Thanks,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • December 20, 2018 8:45 am

    2 months ago

    from: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    cc: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 20, 2018, 8:45 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    The draft Racial Disparity Study is now online. Please note that this is a draft, not the final study.
    Please let me know if you have questions.
    Happy Holidays!
    Terry

     

    On Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 9:15 AM Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov> wrote:
    Good morning Rosanna,

     

    Please see the below follow-up request for information regarding the Disparity Study- do you have any additional information we can provide the requester?

     

    Many thanks!
    Sarah Terwilliger
    Deputy City Clerk
    City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5839

     


    Teresa (Terry) White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    P.O Box 7148
    Asheville, NC 28802
    Telephone: 828.259.5631
    Facsimile: 828.259.5499

     

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    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced draft of Racial Disparity Study at the link in bold within the above message


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 19, 2018 4:17 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    cc: Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 19, 2018, 4:17 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    All the draft results are on the Disparity Study Project Page here and we should have the final documents posted in the next few weeks – the final documents are being reviewed for typos, review of the the data, etc.

     

    Happy Holidays!
    Brenda Mills
    Neighborhood & Community Engagement Manager | City of Asheville
    Communications & Public Engagement Dept.
    5th Floor (Room 523), Asheville City Hall

     

    828.259.5506 – Office | 828.712.2324 – Cell
    Email: bmills@ashevillenc.gov
    Website: www.ashevillenc.gov
    Information on Neighborhood Services


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 19, 2018 1:56 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 19, 2018, 1:56 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Brenda,

     

    Hope you’ve been well! Just wanted to check back in and see if there was any update.

     

    Thank you so much for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • December 12, 2018 3:04 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: records@sunshinerequest.com
    cc: Sarah Gross Terwillinger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 12, 2018, 3:04 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    I am working on uploading the documents now. I will notify you when they are complete.

     

    Brenda
    ———————————–
    Brenda Mills
    Neighborhood & Community Engagement Manager | City of Asheville
    Communications & Public Engagement Dept.
    5th Floor (Room 523), Asheville City Hall


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • December 12, 2018 11:25 am

    2 months ago

    from: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Patrick Conant <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    cc: Brenda Mills <bmills@ashevillenc.gov>,
    Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 12, 2018, 11:25 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    I am copying the Open Records Mailbox to help facilitate and ensure this request is completed.

     

    Thank you,
    Sarah Terwilliger


    Status: Follow up
  • December 12, 2018 11:22 am

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    cc: bmills@ashevillenc.gov
    date: Dec 12, 2018, 11:22 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Sarah and Brenda,

     

    Hope you’ve both been well! Just wanted to check in and ask whether there are updates that are yet to be added to the disparity study site? If so, when can we expect to see those so I can close this request on our site.

    Thank you for all your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • November 5, 2018 2:47 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Nov 5, 2018, 2:47 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Sarah,

     

    Awesome! Thank you for the update. Is there any chance that you are able to provide us with the study itself?

     

    Thanks again,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • November 5, 2018 2:35 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    date: Nov 5, 2018, 2:35 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    The project manager has not been able to update the page just yet, and intends to when she is back in the office; however she has provided the following information:
    • Disparity Study Results – Council Planning & Economic Development Committee – November 12
    • Disparity Study Results – City Council Presentation – November 27
    • Public Meetings on Results – November 28 (pending but times look like 6:00pm and 7:00pm with a presentation and time for Q&A.
    • Expect final Results on the City’s Website by December when all the rap up is completed.
    The Disparity Study and the Minority Business Program are overseen by Community & Economic Development – results will be posted there.

     

    Thank you!

     

    Sarah


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • November 1, 2018 12:43 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Nov 1, 2018, 12:43 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Sarah,

     

    I’m following up again on my email from Oct. 23 –

     

    Following up on your previous statement that the updates will be made to the Study’s project page on Monday Oct. 08.

     

    This page doesn’t seem to have been updated. http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/comm_public/projects_n_initiatives/disparity_study.htm.

     

    Can you please let me know when the information will be updated?

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    – Sunshine Request


    Status:
  • October 23, 2018 4:05 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Oct 23, 2018, 4:05 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Good Afternoon Sarah,

     

    I’d like to follow up on your previous statement that the updates will be made to the Study’s project page on Monday Oct. 08.

     

    This page doesn’t seem to have been updated. http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/comm_public/projects_n_initiatives/disparity_study.htm.

     

    Can you please let me know when the information will be updated?

     

    Thank you for your help!

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • October 7, 2018 4:26 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Oct 7, 2018, 4:26 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    I have been informed that the requested study results will be presented to Council Planning & Economic Development (PED) meeting on November 12 and City Council on November 27 with a public meeting on results scheduled for November 28th.

     

    The project page will be updated to reflect this timeline on Monday, October 8.

     

    Thank you,
    Sarah


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 4, 2018 12:27 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Oct 4, 2018, 12:27 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Sarah!

     

    We just wanted to follow up again since it has been a month since our last correspondence pertaining to this request.

     

    Thank you so much,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • September 4, 2018 4:38 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    cc: Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:38 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Sarah,

     

    Thank you for this info. We will plan to follow up again on this in a month.

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • August 28, 2018 5:20 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Patrick Conant <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    cc: Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 5:20 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,

     

    Staff is unable to give a completion date at this time. Please see the below information from Project Manager, Brenda Mills:

     

    Currently, BBC is inputting the data from the contracts pulled, matching it with vendors utilized, vendors available, industries are correct for vendors, etc. They will next do simulations and analysis of the data. Finalizing the qualitative data which includes quotes, findings, interviews and interactions with the community. We are reaching drafts of sections of the full study now.

     

    As soon as the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data and information is complete, we will have a better idea regarding the completion.

     

    Updated timeline was put on the project page.

     

    The review will follow this process:
    – Review by City contracting staff
    – Review by Management Team
    – Presented to City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee
    – Presentation on the results of the study to City Council
    – Public Meeting on the results of the study.

     

    Hope this helps!

     

    Sarah Terwilliger
    Deputy City Clerk
    City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5839


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 28, 2018 4:16 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    cc: Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 4:16 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Sarah,

     

    We’ve referred to the link sent in your last email, which states that the study is in its final stages. This is great news, we were just wondering if you had any additional information as to when exactly it will be ready. Thank you so much for your help throughout this request!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • August 1, 2018 4:10 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    cc: Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 4:10 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,

     

    Thank you for following up on this request. The Disparity Study project page, found here has been updated to reflect the current status and documents to date.

     

    Thank you!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • July 31, 2018 9:16 am

    6 months ago

    from: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: records@sunshinerequest.com, opengov@ashevillenc.gov
    date: Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 9:16 AM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Good morning Sunshine Request,

     

    I have sent this follow-up request to the Disparity Study Manager for additional information. I will send you the requested information upon receipt.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Sarah Terwilliger
    Deputy City Clerk
    City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5839


    Status: Follow up
  • July 27, 2018 5:53 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 5:53 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Hi Sarah,

     

    I hope you’ve had a good week.

     

    In reviewing some of the requests on our site recently, we’ve also circled back on checking out the City’s link to the disparity study status at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/comm_public/projects_n_initiatives/disparity_study.htm.

     

    I’d like to as whether there is any update you can provide as to the completion of the study, besides what is on the website.

     

    It is also unclear to us, looking at the site, whether the July community input dates listed on your site have already occurred in 2017, or if that’s slated to occur next week in July, 2018.

     

    Thank you for your assistance.
    Have a great weekend!

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • June 5, 2018 3:46 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    date: Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 3:46 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    I have been informed that this project is not completed and that no information is available at this time. The project is due to be completed end of July; if the requester would like to submit a new request closer to the time the project is available, please feel free to do so.

     

    When the project is complete, it will need to have Council Planning & Economic Development review and approval to send to City Council for final approval.

     

    For updates and more information, please visit the Disparity Study Project page, located here.

     

    Thank you,
    Sarah

     

    **Editor’s Note: To visit the Disparity Study Project page click here: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/comm_public/projects_n_initiatives/disparity_study.htm


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • June 1, 2018 4:08 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Sarah Terwilliger <sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 4:08 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Sarah,

     

    Looping you in here on a request we sent on March 19th, 2018. You may find all the details and updates on that request here: https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/racial-disparity-study/

     

    As always, we thank you so much for your time and assistance with these requests!

     

    Have a great afternoon!
    Thank you.

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • May 4, 2018 1:45 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Benjamin Fulmer <bfulmer@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Fri, May 4, 2018 at 1:45 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Ben,

     

    Just wanted to follow up on this request!

     

    Thank you!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • March 21, 2018 1:25 pm

    11 months ago

    Sunshine,

     

    I’ve discovered that the study is not complete. We are also still working on providing the drafts and updates requested.

     

    Thanks,

     


    Ben Fulmer


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • March 21, 2018 11:57 am

    11 months ago

    Hi Ben,

     

    Thank you for the info.

     

    I don’t seem to be able to locate the actual study anywhere at the link you’ve sent. I looked through all documents and links provided therein.

     

    I’d like to further clarify the original request – Can you please provide the actual Disparity Study, as well as any “drafts” or updates that have been provided to the City related to the Disparity Study?

     

    Thank you for your help.
    Have a great day!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • March 21, 2018 10:54 am

    11 months ago

    Hello Sunshine,

     

    All documents and information related to the disparity study should be available here. http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/comm_public/projects_n_initiatives/disparity_study.htm

     

    Ben Fulmer


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • March 19, 2018 4:27 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: City of Asheville Public Records Request <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 4:27 PM
    subject: Records Request: Racial disparity study

     

    Good Afternoon City of Asheville,

     

    We’ve just received another request via www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Here are the details:

     

    Subject: “Racial disparity study”

     

    Message: “I would like a copy of the Racial Disparity Study mentioned in the Citizen Times article in July 2017

     

    “In June the city hired a Denver, Colorado firm to do a $320,000 racial disparity study.”

     

    https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2017/07/21/asheville-hires-first-equity-manager-focus-racial-equality/498156001/

     

    Thank you for your help.

    Have a great afternoon!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • March 19, 2018 8:18 pm

    11 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending