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March 1, 2004

Albany - A group of black contractors says they're intentionally being overlooked for jobs and are threatening to sue five Dougherty County governmental entities.

The South Georgia Association of Minority Contractors is made up of about 50 black contractors, who compete for construction jobs like the new law enforcement center downtown. But, they say the County, City, Albany Tomorrow Inc., Dougherty County School Board, and Water, Gas and Light are discriminating against black contractors.

Monday, the group's lawyer Maurice King told county commissioners if more work isn't bid to black contractors, they will sue. "Whatever avenues they have taken to correct the problem have not worked, so they need to try other methods," said Maurice King.

No lawsuit has been filed. The Small and Disadvantaged Business Office says minority contractors have a hard time getting bonded which is a requirement for much of the contracting work. Therefore, they often miss out on the business. But, the amount of money rewarded to minority businesses increased by $8,000,000 from 2001 to 2002.

Posted at 4:02PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com