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Obama Presidential Center officials commit to hiring 35% of construction workforce from South, West sides

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Still, Strautmanis said construction subcontractors and their employees from diverse backgrounds face additional obstacles that the Obama Foundation hopes to address. It will offer stipends for transportation, child care, tools, union fees and other expenses for employees who cannot afford such costs and also will rank “diversity and inclusion” either equally or higher than criteria such as cost and experience when selecting bids, according to the news release. Finally, the Obama Foundation will break up the contracts into more than 160 bid packages to spread out the opportunities.

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