Music City Center leaders reported to the Convention Center Authority Thursday morning that 27.5 percent of contract dollars in the new convention center have gone to minority, small and women-owned businesses.
That mark falls in line with a caveat of the project’s approval added by the Metro Council and Mayor Karl Dean requiring the project contract with a minimum 20 percent of such companies through the Diversity Business Enterprise program.
In a release, Music City Center officials stated that a third-quarter report for 2001 issued to the state comptroller’s office shows DBE companies have received 27.5 percent of dollar totals to date, which translates into $67 million.
“We’ve devoted a great deal of energy to making this program successful, and subcontractors have been extremely cooperative in working with us,” said Roxianne Bethune, DBE manager. “While this is an exciting statistic, we will continue to aggressively pursue opportunities for DBE businesses through project completion.”
The release also stated that Debbie Frank, project manager for art, development and labor administration, reported 286 local residents have been hired directly through an onsite program.
The new convention center is approximately 52 percent complete with structural steel work scheduled to end in early 2012. The next major phase of construction is enclosure of the building, which includes roofing, metal panel and curtain wall installation.