12-10-2017  5:51 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Q&A with Facebook's Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams

A conversation on diversity and the tech industry ...

City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liason

Laura John brings an extensive background in tribal advocacy and community engagement to the city of Portland ...

Humboldt Sewer Repair Project Update: Dec. 4

Environmental Services continues to repair more than 3 miles of public sewer pipes ...

'Santaland' on Display at Oregon Historical Society

New exhibit features Santa’s throne, Rudolph, and elves from original Meier and Frank’s Santaland ...

GFO Hosts Personal Papers & Archiving Talk

First Mondays and free GenTalks at the GFO research library ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Payday Lenders Continue Attack on Consumer Protections

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes that two bills that favor predatory lenders has received bipartisan...

Hundreds Rallied for Meek Mill, but What About the Rest?

Lynette Monroe, a guest columnist for the NNPA Newswire, talks about Meek Mill, the shady judge that locked him up and mass...

Top 10 Holiday Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

Dr. Jasmine Streeter explains why pampering pets with holiday treats can be dangerous (and pricey) ...

Why We Need More Black Men in Early Childhood Education

Royston Maxwell Lyttle discusses the importance of Black male teachers in early childhood education for the NNPA ESSA Media Campaign ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News


Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury took a tour of the Sellwood Bridge construction project Behind Kafoury are (from left): Chris Warner, Chief of Staff for Comm. Loretta Smith; Matt Ryan, county attorney; Ken Elliott, county attorney; and Ian Cannon


The Sellwood Bridge Project is exceeding its minority hiring goal, project managers say. Minority contractors make up 23 percent of the firms hired to work on the bridge, while the goal for minority participation was 20 percent.

Ian Cannon, for Multnomah County and Michael Baker, for the project consultants David Evans and Associates, reported the contracting diversity numbers to Multnomah County Commissioners, at their regular board meeting, Thursday, Sept. 6.

Of the $35.3 million spent so far, $8.1 million is going to minority contracting firms, Baker said, and 48 of the 64 subcontractors hired are classified as, "Disadvantaged, Minority, Women or Emerging Small Businesses."

And when it comes to the workers hired for the job, the figures are slightly higher.

"Our workforce is 25 percent minority which exceeds our target of 20 percent," Baker said.

The project has had less success so far, in recruiting women workers. The target is 14 percent, but only 6 percent of hires are women.

"We've asked subcontractors to make sure they are targeting women, moving forwards," Baker said. "We're meeting with noncompliant subcontractors weekly instead of monthly to discuss what they are doing. I'm taking it seriously."

Project managers also reported that progress on construction is proceeding as planned.











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