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Lindsay defends higher hiring goals



By Charles HallmanĀ 

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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We want to help build the stadium



By Roberts Woods

Guest Commentator


I am a North Minneapolis Black man speaking on behalf of the economic future for people of color. We have developed a detailed plan of action where we participate in rebuilding the Northside community now, in order to prepare for participation in building the Vikings stadium, a game changer. Whether you want to help the disadvantaged or want less tax spending, I challenge anyone to develop a better return on taxpayer dollars than the economics of rebuilding the Northside and the stadium by involving targeted businesses and residents in a real way. The Plan, Northside Nice, is complex. We have chosen the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) to spearhead this plan and are continuously recruiting the talent, expertise, and experienced professionals to NAMC to ensure success. Continue Reading →

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