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Cincinnati mayor wants to do business with more minorities

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Mayor John Cranley wants to significantly increase the number of minority, female, and Latino owned companies doing business with the city. 
 
Cranley is asking city council for 175-thousand dollars for an office of minority inclusion, to seek out more minority owned firms. 

Right now, Cincinnati's population is about half-white and half black, but fewer than three percent of the city's contracts are with African-American owned businesses,  female-owned businesses get only six percent, and Latino-owned businesses get zero. "This is about expanding opportunity and creating a more diverse opportunities in our community, building a better community for others, marketing our region the way that Atlanta has over the last 40 years as a place where opportunity exists for everybody."

Currently, the city cannot legally require such percentages. However a population study is under way which, depending on the outcome, could give the city more teeth in enforcing contract diversity.

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