MDHA works to help businesses score convention center contracts

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 4:01pm
Staff Reports

The Metro Development and Housing Agency has established a surety support and technical assistance program to help small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses submit thorough bids for convention center construction contracts.

The surety support and technical assistance program will be headed by Alexander and Associates — one of the largest African-American insurance agencies in the state.

The $635 million Music City Center project has not had its financing details released yet, but Metro Council is considering a resolution to approve land acquisition for property in the SoBro area.

MDHA began the assistance program because many small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses have not submitted successful bids on major construction projects in the Nashville area. MDHA launched the program to educate businesses on issues that affect their ability to acquire bonding, such as working capital, inadequately prepared financial statements, lack of understanding of the bond process and difficulty in completing the bond application.

Alexander and Associates will offer back office support for a variety of areas in relation to completing the application process.

Small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses interested in the program should contact Roxianne Bethue at 252-8532.


4 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 5/12/09 at 6:11

These perople are really arrogant considering this folly as a done deal.

By: idgaf on 5/12/09 at 6:11

These perople are really arrogant considering this folly as a done deal.

By: Time for Truth on 5/12/09 at 9:16

They need to hold up on the land acquisition until the magic fantasy financing is presented by the Tourism Fairy.

By: JeffF on 5/12/09 at 1:49

building consensus in in America's cities

Make promises to environmental sandal wearers
check. the green roof craziness that apparently are the fad dujour of convention centers in the country

Make promises about jobs
check, apparently they promise 36,000 new jobs (really, they do, they promise to employ enough people to fill Smyrna) while every other city's expansion the last few years has been met with fewer meetings and attendees.

Minority contracting promises
check, a token local architecture firm was hired to "prepare documents" while the real design work goes to the white firm in Atlanta. The local "minority firm" get maybe 5-10% maybe of the total architecture billing but gets paraded about at meetings.

Talk to the local African-American pastors and promise that their flocks will benefit more than others.
This has not happened yet, This will happen when there is a referendum and things are not looking good. Apparently the pastors are not told that their flocks are needed for the part-time table busing jobs and kitchen work until after the thing is built. Some mistakenly believe that the industry will employ non-whites for executive and meeting sales. The PR firm in charge of this thing only has 2 non-secretarial African-Americans in the whole organization, what makes you think their convention center will be any different? The tourism industry is not the industry of opportunity for a overwhelming majority of its workforce. Walmart is two or three steps up from hotel and restaurant jobs in terms of possible advancement, benefits, and wages.