As of Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Commissioners this week asked metro Atlanta leaders to consider minority-run businesses for projects that would be funded by the proposed regional Transportation—Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that poses the request to officials at the Atlanta Regional Commission and leaders in Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties.
Clayton leaders specifically want “small, minority and female and veteran-owned businesses” from the Atlanta area considered to construct at least some of the projects funded by TSPLOST, according to the resolution. It also states minorities make up 48 percent of the people who live in the metro Atlanta area.
The TSPLOST is allowed under Georgia’s Transportation Investment Act, but it still needs approval of voters through a referendum that appears on the state’s primary ballot.
“The Atlanta region can strengthen its future growth and prosperity by promoting the inclusion and participation of small, women, minority and veteran-owned businesses in the procurement opportunities and community economic development activities which will occur as a result of the passage of TIA,” states the resolution.