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Minority contractors sought for development around multi-use stadium project

Knoxville Area Urban League partners with GEM Community Development Group

The Knoxville Area Urban League has partnered with GEM Community Development Group to recruit disadvantaged businesses to participate in all aspects of the project. Our emphasis is on Black-owned businesses and the engagement of East Knoxville residents. This proposed project will be transformational for a community in need of permanent jobs that pay a livable wage and for ownership and growth of Black businesses.

We need you to help us spread the word! Not only are we committed to equipping African American disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) and individuals to work on the proposed stadium project, but we also are building their capacity to compete in future projects.

Steve Davis, the president of GEM Community Development Group, has stated that he wants the Black community specifically to reap benefits from the mixed-use stadium and surrounding development.

Minority firms and individuals will be integral to all aspects of the private development that will surround the publicly owned multi-use facility being proposed on the eastern edge of downtown Knoxville.

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The Knoxville Area Urban League is here to bridge the gap between locals and business opportunities through support, training and preparation.


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