KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the Common Council will discuss and potentially approve the city’s agreement with New Kenosha, LLC to develop the Downtown ⏤ along with inclusionary provisions.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Those wanting to listen in on the virtual meeting can do so through a telephone connection. Call 312-626-6799 or 646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 953 6714 6154.
While the project is grand in scope ⏤ including a new city hall, performing arts center and more ⏤ it also contains provisions to include minority- and women-owned businesses.
Section 15 provisions
The newly-created Section 15 of the development agreement the council will discuss tonight highlights some of these provisions.
Focusing on minority-owned (MBEs) and women-owned businesses (WBEs), it also contains a clause calling for hiring Kenosha County residents.
It also includes language ensuring job postings utilize means to effectively reach minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
Percentages attached to goals
Under provisions of the agreement, New Kenosha must use good faith efforts to:
- Purchase 12% of goods and services from MBEs, related to the overall dollar amount expended each year;
- Purchase 3% from WBEs, related to the overall dollar amount expended each year;
- And employ Kenosha County residents for 15% of the project hours utilized by the construction, building trades in the construction.
Residents can find more information on the downtown plan and exhibits from the project at https://www.kenosha.org/images/agenda_meeting/CC/CURRENT_SUPPORT.pdf.
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