Thursday, May 11, 2017
BREAKING NEWS! BLACK CONTRACTORS GROUP ORGANIZING "BOYCOTT" OF AUGUST 3, 2017 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME GAME!
According to a Cleveland Plain Dealer article, (Mark Naymik, author, online as Cleveland.com) published mid-afternoon today, an effort titled as being The Black Contractors Group is organizing a boycott of the scheduled 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOFVP) annual football set to be played at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton.
The city of Canton (a $5 million "early on" contributor to the project) and Stark County trade unionists and Stark County economic leaders generally have been highly supportive of the mammoth improvement and expansion of the Canton based Hall of Fame complex.
The state of Ohio through the work of state representative Kirk Schuring has provided support for the project as has Canton government in working with HOFVP officials to provide the project with the ability to generate sales tax revenues and participate in property tax revenues going forward.
In a nutshell, it seems from the article that The Black Contractors Group is unhappy that minority contractors have not had enough of an opportunity to land contracts in the initial stages of construction the upgrade and expansion of the HOFVP complex said in Naymik's piece as being about 15% complete.
According to 2015 U.S. Census data, Stark County has a 7.9% African-American population and Canton proper is attributed on one website as having a 23.3% black population.
Canton Deputy Mayor Fonda Williams and a HOFVP official are cited as saying that with only 15% of the project completed, there will be ample opportunity for minority contractors to land a piece of the HOFVP construction action going forward.
Posted by Martin Olson at 4:52 PM