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Looking around the city, the signs of change and growth are visible.

Bulldozers and cranes are visible throughout Downtown. Construction equipment abounds in the East End. And work is happening in South Side and Scott’s Addition and planned for Jackson Ward. 

Many of the projects are taking place with the support of our tax dollars, such as the Church Hill North project on the site of the former Armstrong High School on 31st Street. When this estimated $34 million portion of the project is completed, more than 100 townhouse-style apartments and senior residences will grace the 22-acre site. 

While these projects signal progress for the city, African-American contractors and other black-owned businesses say they are being left out or shorted when it comes to a piece of the…

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