Friday, March 6, 2009

Black Chamber of Commerce wants stimulus dollars for businesses

Not wanting to miss out on federal bailout money a second time, the president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce was in Springfield Thursday demanding African-American businesses see some of the federal stimulus dollars.

“This is our opportunity and we have to step forward,” said Harry Alford, national chamber president, who stopped in Springfield on a cross-country speaking tour of state and local chapters.

Alford said Illinois was the “model” for states that implement a 1968 law that says 30 percent of all new jobs funded through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have to go to people living in public housing or under the poverty level.

Illinois is set to receive $539 million from HUD as part of the stimulus package.
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