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City of Savannah lays out new expectations for prime contractors

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The City of Savannah laid out a new set of expectations for prime contractors that want to do work with and for the city.

At a meeting on Tuesday night, Mayor Edna Jackson, City Manager Stephanie Cutter and city officials made it clear that moving forward, prime contractors will be held accountable to ensure that work in Savannah is being done the right way.

A big part of that is hiring sub-contractors that qualify under the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Program. The city wants to make sure that when a MWBE sub-contractor is told they have work, it stays that way.

"In the past, we have had situations where we have lost confidence in some of you in this room because of the decisions and changes that are made after the bidding has begun," said Mayor Edna Jackson.

This meeting took place at the same time a lawsuit is brewing in the county between a prime contractor and several MWBE contractors involving the new Hesse K-8 school project. The sub-contractors said they were promised work they never got. The prime contractor denies the allegation.

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