One of the things that frustrates me is seeing an out-of-town company doing work here – tree trimming, electrical work, construction, concrete work, even school pictures. Why does this continue to happen and what do you plan to do in the future to make sure work here is done by local business owners?
What efforts are being led to ensure construction dollars of economic development projects are pushed toward local Battle Creek contractors, to keep those dollars in our community?
What percentage of construction dollars on a project are wages that could create economic development dollars to stay in our local economy?
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The City of Battle Creek does not have a local preference ordinance, but we do encourage supporting local businesses on a regular basis, and in our purchasing documents. A recent amendment to the state constitution limits, and in some cases prohibits, local municipalities from passing local preference ordinances.
Where funding source, covenants, and law necessitate, the city follows prevailing wage requirements. City incomes taxes collected are dollars that stay in our local economy for a variety of municipal services, including those that support economic development.