published Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Urban League asks Chattanooga council for Multicultural Chamber money


by Cliff Hightower

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga has asked Chattanooga for money once reserved for the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce.

Councilwoman Carol Berz, chairwoman of the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, said today the Urban League sent a letter to the council, asking for the $75,000 allocation.

The money is supposed to help spur minority business growth.

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce also is expected to ask the council for the money.

Hamilton County recently allocated the $75,000 it used to give to the Multicultural Chamber to the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

The city and county dropped their funding this year for the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce after a Times Free Press investigation found discrepancies within the chamber’s budget documents to both governments.

The Multicultural Chamber is now under investigation by the FBI and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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bill238 said...

This entitlement program never should have existed in the first place. The Chattanooga Chamber was too happy to see program funded and and not part of the Chamber. The funding was spent on travel to conventions and party time. Where is the missing thousands of dollars they cannot or will not account for? Not one penny should be given to this mismanaged entitlement program!

November 29, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
larwilb60 said...

And why arent these people that were let go being punished for mismanagement? We could give them a MULTICULTURAL JURY to hear their cases!

November 30, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
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