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THOR Construction owner receives entrepreneur award



Richard Copeland, owner and chairman of THOR Construction, Inc., based in Minneapolis, has been named the Minnesota Entrepreneurial Success of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Entrepreneurial Success Award is selected from individuals who own and operate or who bear principal responsibility for operating a business. Nominees for this award must own or operate a business that initially was defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards, developed into a large business, and must have received SBA assistance to help the business grow. Jan Jordet, director of consulting and financing services at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), nominated Richard for this award. Richard is the founder and chairman of THOR Construction, founded in 1980. Continue Reading →

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Lindsay defends higher hiring goals



By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer


There is nothing new about complaints from construction contractors and subcontractors that they are unable to find enough qualified, skilled Black workers to meet the hiring expectations that come with publicly funded projects. Such complaints have surfaced over the years through city civil rights departments during their monitoring of public projects, and from the Metropolitan Council in projects like light-rail construction. Recently, upon hearing such complaints again from a meeting of contractors at Summit Academy OIC, we contacted State Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsay to ask how his department determines what reasonable hiring expectations should be and why this apparent gap persists between these reasonable expectations and the actual pool of skilled Blacks in the Metro area from which contractors draw their workforces. Commissioner Lindsay recently announced new hiring participation goals for publicly funded projects: 32 percent workers of color in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, and 22 percent in other countries such as Anoka, Carver, Dakota and Washington, on state-funded projects totaling $100,000 or more. He presented his plan in a meeting with local contractors, including members of the local National Association of Minority Contractors Upper Midwest (NAMC-UM) Chapter. Continue Reading →

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