Minorities frozen out of contracts? - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Minorities frozen out of contracts?

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:19:59 GMT
    James Smith, studentJames Smith, student
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
  • Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:14:47 GMT
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
  • Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:11:03 GMT
    Scott Vandermolen, Florida residentScott Vandermolen, Florida resident
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>

May 1, 2007

Albany --  City commissioners plan to spend hundreds of thousands dollars on yet another study. This time, they hope to find out if contracts are awarded fairly, if minority contractors get a fair shake at government jobs.

For $300,000 , they'll follow up on two previous studies that showed there was disparity in the way contracts were awarded. By the time this one's done, the city will have spent $663,000 studying this one issue.

Charlie Quimbley says part of the Albany business community is disappearing, and it's all because of an obvious disparity in the way government contracts are awarded. "We've done three before and they've all shown us what we've known before that there is a wide disparity in the money in this community."

A community he says is disappearing. "You have a community here that's slowly dying."

Dying out because of a lack of work, even though there are plenty of available projects. "It's a hostile community out here," he says.

Hostile to the minority workforce, even though minorities are the majority of the population in Dougherty County.

"That disparity should not exist, especially in a place where African Americans are the majority, however there are some social and economic factors that cause an imbalance," said City Manager Alfred Lott.

City Manager Alfred Lott says the $320,000 study will pinpoint problems with the small and disadvantaged business office which is supposed to help regulate the percentage of minority participation with government contracts.

Quimbley, President of South Georgia minority contractors say until commissioners enforce their own policies, the disparity will continue. "The commissioners themselves, really are the bottom of it."

And he says when bids go out, the commissioners need to make sure everyone who can participate, does.

Lott says, "We want to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to compete."

The study will reveal problems that have occurred in the past and pinpoint which areas need to be targeted.

Sales tax money will be used to pay for the study.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=DisparityStudyTuesday