Emanuel Wants Construction Set-aside Program Extended Until 2020

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While most of the city’s attention has been turned to other issues, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinace to extend the construction set-aside program for an additional five years until Dec. 2020.

The program, which has been under much scrutiny since 2005 after a federal judge ordered increased transparency,  provides protected access to minority and disadvantaged groups such as blacks, hispanics, and women.

The ordinance justifies extending the contract set-asides based on studies and consultations with renowned economists and industry experts. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

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