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Businesses owned by women, minorities get boost from county

Rochester Business Journal
June 18, 2014

Minority- and women-owned businesses will have greater access to Monroe County construction contracts following legislation passed in the county Legislature.

The revised levels require 12 percent of county contracts to be awarded to minority-owned businesses and 3 percent to women-owned businesses, a statement Tuesday from Legislature Democrats said.

Previously, 10 percent went to minority businesses and 2 percent to women.

The legislation, sponsored by John Lightfoot, D-Rochester, passed unanimously at the June 10 meeting.

“While the existing goals were certainly a step in the right direction, I am very pleased that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle were able to recognize the economic development potential of this proposal and joined with me to make sure it became a reality,” Lightfoot said.

The legislation also requires the county executive to file a report with the Legislature each year before April 1 detailing participation statistics for the preceding year, the statement said.

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