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Sunday, November 3, 2013



Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition

Full participation of the African American community in Cuyahoga County's development of the $260 million Convention Center Hotel is imperative as the Cuyahoga County Council approves resolutions to begin the process. The council is expected to take action during its next public meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Justice Center.

The Ohio Eighth House District Black Caucus, in a Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition with other community organizations, demands firm commitments to participation of African Americans in the demolition of the building currently on the site, the construction of the new building and the operation of the hotel, whether leased to the Hilton Corporation or any other organization. Fair inclusion will include participation in management, administration, food service and all other staffing categories, in addition to African Americans as contractors and suppliers.

During the County Council's meeting Oct. 22, these demands were stated by representatives of the Carl Stokes Brigade and Lee Adams Ministry of the Air WERE 1490am as well as the Ohio Eighth House District Black Caucus.

The County Council has been advised by its staff that the legal underpinning to require such participation has not yet been established, but the Turner Construction Co. and its joint venture affiliates have agreed to voluntarily meet standards for inclusion. The Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition wants that agreement to be put in writing as a visible pledge of fairness. African Americans constitute one third of the county population. Any participation level less than that would be considered discriminatory against the African American community.


Community organizations that want to work with the Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition are invited to meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday at Chateau Mansion, 13124 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland.

Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition
Charles E. Bibb Sr., coordinator

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