New $313.9M Crew stadium opened doors for women- and minority-owned businesses

The construction of the Columbus Crew’s $313.9 million, 20,000-seat Lower.com Field in downtown Columbus was “completed with the help of 54 minority-owned enterprises and 27 women-owned enterprises in central Ohio, throughout the state and beyond,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. The City of Columbus “set a 30% utilization rate of MWBE [Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises],” and achieved “25% for the stadium and 34% for the training facility” upon completion, according to the article. A total of 117 contracts were awarded to MWBEs, “amounting to over $74 million in spending.” Kathy Tatum, president of Tatum Landscaping in Westerville, said partnering with billion-dollar BrightView commercial landscaping company on the project has already led to discussions with project lead Turner Construction Co. about other possible opportunities. For more, read the full article.

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