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Black Contractors Left Out of Stimulus Transportation Projects

African American contractors are being shut out of stimulus contracts, according to a report by the Transportation Equity Network, a national grassroots organization. Of the $163.8 million distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation for street, highway, and bridge construction, no black-owned firms have received any awards, through Dec. 1, 2009.  For more, read “Black Firms Shut Out of Stimulus Projects” at

FEDERAL CONTRACTS (USDOT direct to qualified federal contractors only)
Stimulus funds contracted for street, highway, and bridge construction – Total: $163.8M

Allocated to women-owned businesses: $9.7M (5.9%)

Allocated to all minority-owned businesses: $16.8M (10.3%)

Allocated to Hispanic-owned businesses: $4.7M (2.9%)

Allocated to black-owned businesses: $0

Source: Transportation Equity Network

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