MOKAN

Reducing Disparity
9:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Will New Effort To Diversify Construction Industry Be A Success?

Engineer Ramona Tumblin-Rucker speaks with construction worker Richard Schafer at the job site of a BJC HealthCare garage.
Credit courtesy BJC HealthCare

In his 35 years as president of the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition for Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Lew Moye has seen a lot of initiatives to increase diversity in construction.

There have been agreements to include minorities in specific projects, such as building the Edward Jones Dome and expanding Interstate 64.

And there have been protests demanding greater minority representation, such as the 1999 shutdown of I-70, where Reverend Al Sharpton led minority contractors in a call for more state highway jobs.

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Cortex expansion
4:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Life Sciences District Cortex Secures First Round Of TIF For Expansion

Cortex CEO Dennis Lower makes his request for $35 million from the St. Louis TIF Commission
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The life sciences district known as Cortex has gotten initial approval for the first phase of its $2.1 billion expansion plan.

The city's Tax Increment Financing commission voted today to authorize about $35 million in incentives for the first phase, which totals about $160 million.

The phase includes new office and laboratory space, a new Shriners' Hospital, and a streetscape known as Cortex Commons. Here's how it breaks down:

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MSD - Minority Hiring
5:53 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

MOKAN to MSD: employ more local businesses, women, minorities

The minority business advocacy group MOKAN organized this protest outside of MSD’s Missouri River treatment plant today.
(Véronique LaCapra)

The minority business advocacy group MOKAN says the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is not doing enough to include local minority and female workers in its sewer upgrade projects.

MOKAN executive director Yaphett El-Amin says her group wants MSD to increase the transparency of its hiring practices and invest at least $23.5 million in worker training programs.

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