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.