Rev. Jesse Jackson pleased with progress in Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Reverend Jesse Jackson said Monday he was pleased with the progress Memphis was making with regard to minority-owned businesses.

Earlier this year, Jackson demanded the city issue contracts to more minority-owned businesses.

Monday, he said the city was well on its way to being fair about how it selects businesses for contract work.

City of Memphis said contracts for minority-owned businesses 69 percent in the last 18 months. Since Mayor Strickland took office Memphis is giving contracts to minority-owned businesses 21 percent of the time. The national average for governments giving contracts to minority-owned businesses is 30 percent.

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