Minority Communities Receiving a Minor Share of Stimulus Funds

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Minority communities have been hit hardest by the recession, but they are receiving fewer of the stimulus project contracts doled out by the government.  

We speak with Laura Barret, executive director of Transportation Equity Network and Richard Copeland, founder and CEO of THOR Construction Company, the world’s largest African-American owned construction company.  Together, we discuss how and why minority businesses have been receiving disproportionately small number of stimulus contracts; and also, what broad effect that may have on the nation’s economic recovery on the whole.

Guests:

Laura Barrett and Richard Copeland

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

George Edward from South Carolina

Any utilization of minority businesses and/or women businesses in construction will prove to be nebulous and substantially
hazy respecting their actual participation.
Verifiable records will not be produced. Those that are produced will have holes any auditor can drive a sixteen-wheeler thorough.Who verifies that the firms are actually minority-owned and/or women-owned? The states have no accountabilty
for these programs ergo a large amount of
questionable activity will be found if our federal government goes looking for the truth.

Mar. 09 2010 09:32 AM

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