Philadelphia government looking to help minority contractors

    Area government agencies say it will save taxpayer money

    A new group has been formed in order to save money for taxpayers and involve more minorities in government contracts.

    The Pennsylvania Association of Public Service Agencies includes everyone from the Philadelphia School District to the Delaware River Port Authority. Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene is head of the association. He says the group wants to bring more small minority firms into government contracting work.

    “And what we’re hoping for working cooperatively as a unit or on specific initiatives we can make it less costly for us individually, and also we believe we can make it less costly for people to do business with us.”

    The group is officially kicking off their effort with a June 2nd Small Business Expo at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Invitations to the event have been sent to some 15,000 regional businesses.

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