Ga. city, county look to tighten policies aimed at WMBEs

Businesses owned by women and minorities obtained only a fraction of about $475 million in construction contracts issued by the city of Savannah, Ga.; Chatham County, Ga.; and the Savannah-Chatham school district in the past five years despite policies designed to encourage large companies to subcontract with them. Contractors are allowed to self-report participation by WMBEs, and local officials have little ability to punish violators. Government entities, however, are making an effort to enhance their WMBE policies and send "a strong message" that violators will be barred from future contracts, said one Savannah alderman.

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