Chattanooga: BlueCross hits minority participation goal for its new headquarters

Chattanooga: BlueCross hits minority participation goal for its new headquarters

June 18th, 2009 by Mike Pare in Local Regional News

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee surpassed its goals for participation by minority and women-owned businesses on its $299 million headquarters, officials said today.

The company also met its goal for local businesses, officials said.

"BlueCross has always worked closely with minority-owned and small businesses to ensure that our suppliers reflect our company's overall diversity goals," said Dan Jacobson, vice president of properties for BlueCross.

The Chattanooga-based insurer had a 26 percent minority and women-owned business participation rate, according to the company. Its rate of local and regional contractors was 63 percent, BlueCross said. The company's original goals were 25 percent for minority participation and 50 percent for local contractors.

BlueCross said the levels are among the highest ever for a large-scale, private commerical construction project in the city.

Bob Worthington, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for BlueCross, said the diversity goals were self-directed and not part of any government requirements.

See tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete coverage.