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Cincinnati is moving ahead with plans to create a new department of Economic Inclusion.  

Council could approve the new department and director position this week.  

City Manager Harry Black announced Monday that Thomas Corey will be filling the position.  Corey comes to the city from Baltimore, where he has been doing similar work for the last 14 years.  

Corey said his first goal is getting Council to approve a minority and female-owned business programs.

Jay Hanselman

UPDATE:

Mayor John Cranley said this morning he has enough votes on city council to spend $175,000 on a consultant to study the city's minority contracting and set up an Office for Minority Inclusion at City Hall.

Cincinnati's record for awarding city contracts to African-American and female-owned businesses is not good and has been criticized for years.

Cincinnati leaders are pledging to involve more minority contractors in real estate developments that receive some city subsidy.  

Mayor John Cranley and seven of nine council members are supporting a motion to create a law that would attach an inclusion memorandum of understanding to such projects.  Cranley said it follows examples from the private sector.