"What are other cities contributing to this? Birmingham contributes the support for everything," Valorie Abbott, Birmingham City Councilor, said.
Councilman Steven Hoyt questioned why a majority black city should continue to give money to the event run at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds.
"I've seen nobody, nobody who looks like me make any decisions with Barber sports. None. Zero," Hoyt said.
At least 35 percent of businesses with contracts to perform work on the $201 million expansion of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport are owned by minorities, meeting or exceeding a goal set before the project began, airport executive director Al Denson said today.
The issue of minority participation in the project was raised this afternoon at a briefing on the expansion held for Jefferson County's delegation to the state legislature. Rep. Mary Moore, D-Birmingham, asked for a report on the number of contractors and sub-contractors that are certified as "disadvantaged business enterprises" by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Those businesses typically are owned by African Americans or women.
The Airport Authority board of directors has closely monitored contracts to ensure minority participation with the goal of helping smaller minority-owned firms develop contacts and relationships that will lead to growth.
"These relationships should translate into jobs," Denson said.
Denson also updated the delegation on the status of construction. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete within a couple of months, and the second and final phase in 2014. Among the improvements that travelers may notice will be the single security checkpoint, as opposed to multiple checkpoints in the current facility, and the addition of loading bridges, which currently aren't available at every gate.
Keep partying like it's 1963.
Because when the party ends, there's gonna be a hell of a mess to clean up.
Black-Run America (BRA) will end.