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Small & Minority Business Initiative

"The best way for local business owners to find out what is going on with City contracts and upcoming projects is to bring in our City department heads for this symposium to warrant that there's a need and explain the proper procedure and protocol to those small and minority businesses who are not applying," Senior advisor to Mayor Strange and former Montgomery County circuit judge Charles Price said.

"The initiative began as a question Mayor Strange, Chairman Dean and city and community leaders asked themselves, 'What are we doing from a city or county perspective to help local businesses?'," Price said. "This is a very important step for the City of Montgomery and I think if we get this initiative going, then we're ahead of most of the country because the City and our leaders have really endorsed this program."

Price laid the groundwork and recommended bringing Doug Moore, chief operating officer at Moore Zeigler group, on as the consultant to make inroads in the River Region's local business community. Moore boasts more than 30 years of experience in increasing access to government bidding opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses, including consulting on projects for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The goal is to increase the number of small and minority-owned local businesses awarded local government contracts.