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New plan for hiring more minority contractors

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati's public school board president Eileen Cooper Reed calls their new plan that addresses the district's minority contractors hiring problem "an historic agreement."

The Community Benefits Agreement establishes hiring goals which include 40 percent of workers would be residents from the district, 40 percent from the metro area,  20 percent labor and trade employees would be minorities and women and encourage apprenticeships.

The suggestions came from Baptist Ministers, Unions and the Amos Project and others.

"There was a broad group of stake holders to make sure we have more inclusion in workforce in Cincinnati," said Cooper Reed.

Also at the table is Turner Construction, which is delaying the construction of Chase Elementary on the site in Northside for about a week, to do what they can to get more minority contractors to the bidding process.

"It gives us more time to do more outreach to make sure bonds and forms and necessary documentation to make sure successful on bid day," said Ken Jones, Vice President and General Manager for Turner.

Will this be an example for the Banks Project?

" I think it's a wonderful example for anyone to follow," said Cooper Reed.

"The district came up with innovative approaches on the Chase project that will apply for other public projects like the banks as we continue to drive inclusion on the projects," said Jones.

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