Minority and Women Business Enterprise

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Onondaga County lawmakers made policy on Tuesday something that’s been unofficial practice for decades.  They unanimously approved a measure that codifies the consideration of minority and women business enterprises, or MWBE’s for county contracts. 


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A normally routine item on the Syracuse Common Council’s agenda has revealed some cracks in the city’s requirement that contractors hire a certain percentage of minorities and women for their projects.  The annual street maintenance project called the unimproved street slurry seal program seems to be falling short of preferred goals.  The city typically shells out about a million dollars a year for a company to do the work on select side streets.  Assistant corporation counsel Joe Barry says it’s put out to competitive bid, and the contract goes to what’s termed the lowest responsible bidde