Box 7, Folder 12, Document 19

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Na tion a l Minori t y Cont ractors I n st1·tu t e
Backgro und~
Hi s tor ic a ll y , mi riority group co nstruct i o n contra ctors
h ave b ee n outside t he ma in streafu o f the c ons t ruction industry .
Al t h o u g h t he n at i on has approximately 870 ,000 genera l and spec i a l ty
con trac tor s , f ewer t h a n 2,0 00 o r two-ten th s of one percerit are b l ack,_
Whil e a r e li ab l e e s t i ma t e of the number o f contractors among other
minori ties is no t availab l e , i t s eems safe to assume th at the y too
h ave littl e representati on.
The developm e nt of minority contractors · in th e past has not kept
p ace with the indu s try ' s growth and th e re is no reason to assume
th a t withou t assistan ce t he gap betweeri minority contractors a nd
othe r contracto rs will not continue to d ras tic a lly widen.
The press i ng n eed is for a program to develop minor ity contr ac tor s
and t o enable them to d evelop the entrepreneu ri a l ski ll s required
t o sustain a ma jor constru ction progr am.
I n t h is way , we c an b eg i n
to crea t e oppor tuniti es not only for en tr a nce into t h e construction
i ndustry as general and s u b-cont ractors, b ut a l so for th e deve l opme nt of skill ed craft job and union members hip op~ortunities.
•r h e Proposal:
To establish a Na tion a l Minority Contractors
Institute which will promote and facilitate the development of
mino rity construction contra ctors in the major u rban areas and
e nha nce opportunities for minority e ntre~reneu rship a nd emp loyme nt
in this industry .
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Specific Goa ls:
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To increase th e par ticipation of minority
group contra ctors in th e building and c-ons truction indu stry;
2) to multiply a t a ll skill l eve l s the minority group work forc e
in that ind u stry; and 3) to ass i st core city r es idents
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partici-
-p ation in the rebuilding p r oce ss in their communities.
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Me thods:
These goals will be achiev ed by:
1) inform ing _rel evant
in s titutions o f the problems of minority contr~ ctors and stimulating
solutions e ssenti a l for the i r gr eat e r p a rtici p a tion in th e c onstruction i ndustry;
2 ) serving as a f~cal poi nt and sou r c e foi
getting technica l as s istanc e to l ocal contract or associations and/or
contra ctors ; 3 ) p r ovid ing f or di ssemination of informati o n to contr actors and excha ng es of e x perienc e ; 4 ) ass i sting , as n eed ~d , t he
National Minor ity Co ntractors Associ ati oµ;
5) as~ istiny
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de ve loprn.ent of lo ca l minori t y contracto rs a ss o c i a tions v1h erever th e
d emands indicate; 6) a id in d ev e l 6ping funding sources to pro~ i de
resources n e cess ary for loc a l s t aff sup port and loca l working.
capital n e eds of a ss oci a tio~ me mb ers ; 7) d e v e lopme nt of ma npower
progr ams r e l e vant to the n eed s o f th e c ontr a ctor s a nd to th e
communities which they serve.
Ope r ati o ns o f th e In s titut e :
The thre~ ma jor compone nt s will b e
a ) Re volving Capit a l Fund, b ) Techn ical As s ist a nce, and c) Ma npower.
A working ·c a pita l r e volving fund will h e lp minor i ty contr a ctors
over come c r i t i cal f in a n c ing a nd bond i ng obs t ac l es.
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as si stance wil l help minor ity c o n tr a cto rs d e ve l op the bu s iness
and ma nagement sk ill s nec e ssa r y t o c ompe t e more eff e ctive l y fo r
a gr eater share o f th e n at i o n ' s construction bu s i n ess .
Manpower
t rai n i ng p r ogr ams wil l be d ev ~l o ped - - in c l o s e coop e r a t i on wi th
th e b ui ld i ng t rad e s u n i on s -- to d e v e lop and upgr a de c raft sme n at
all s k i ll . l evel s.
Urb a n Co a liti o n ro l e :
The Coa li t ion wil l assume a cat a l ys t role
in th e estab l i s hment of the I n s ti tute with t h e goal o f sp i nning i t
o ff as a separa t e non-profi t o r gani zat i on as s o on as fe a sib l e .
The Co a lition 1 s effor t wi ll include f u nd -r a i s i ng , loc a t ing private
s e c tor repr ese n tat i ves willing t o ass is t Ins titu t e programs , di s -
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s em i nat i ng i nform a t ion about th e I nstitute , a nd h e l p ing i dent i fy
local commun i ti es for priority at tention .
Organi za tion :
The Bo a rd o f Directors of t he Institu te wi ll r e fl ec t
a p a rtn e r s hi p b e t ween mi nor ity · c ontra c tors and tho s e c onuni tt ed to
a s sis ti ng the m.
St a f fin g :
The In s ti tute st aff will cb n si s t i nit i al l y o f a Dir e ctor
and a sectet ary.
As programs r ea ch th e d eve lopment and imp l eme n -
t a ti o n stage - - a n d as f u nding resou rce~ become ava ilab l e -additiona l s t aff wi l l b e added t o a dmi n i s t er t h e r e volv ing capit a l
f u nd, t echnic a l ass i s t a n c e , a nd ma npower p rograms of the I nstitu te.

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