Gains in City's MWBE spend based on incorrect data

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In his State of the City speech 46 days ago, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said city spending with minority-and-women-owned enterprises (MWBE) had doubled to 24 percent. Then, in a recent string of tweets listing various successes under Strickland, the City of Memphis claimed it had seen a 98 percent increase in MWBE spending. The City of Memphis has seen no such jump. The numbers Strickland cited in January and the City tweeted about more recently were calculated using faulty data that didn’t...

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