"These are the kinds of things that allow minority companies to participate in our construction projects," said William Carter, director of the Youngstown Are Development Corp.
The funds are made available through the Community Development Block Grant minority fund, which earmarks money for companies owned or operated by minorities, Carter
said.The program has been in existence for some time, but it's only been used recently during the massive school construction projects.
Construction projects that are funded by public money typically stipulate that contractors must make a substantial effort to employ a certain number of minorities or hire minority subcontractors for various projects, Carter
In order for the company to receive the loan, it must have a contract, Carter
stated.The program has been used in the past for smaller city construction projects, but not on large-scale development projects such as these.Carter reported Blackwell and the city have been working with Welty Construction, the contractor on both the 7th District Court of Appeals building and the East High school projects.
"dissatisfied" at the small percentage of minorities working on construction projects throughout the city, noting "he's
trying to do his
level best" to see that minorities and women are treated fairly when it comes to hiring workers for these projects.
Blackwell Painting secured a $30,000 contract with the 7th Court of Appeals project and $243,091 for painting services for the East High project, Carter