ST. LOUIS — The NAACP is criticizing a Missouri official's explanation about why so few minority-owned businesses are getting contracts for transportation projects generated by federal stimulus money.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the NAACP on Wednesday criticized comments made by Lester Woods, a Missouri Department of Transportation civil rights administrator.
Woods blamed geography for the lack of contracts to minority-owned firms, saying much of the work is in rural Missouri.
The NAACP said urban businesses are capable of doing work outside of metropolitan areas. The NAACP said only 1 percent of stimulus-related contracts awarded by MoDOT have gone to minority contractors.