Mayor signs disability proposal

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Mayor Greg Ballard signed the Disability Business Enterprise Proposal Thursday morning.

Ballard joined other City-County Council leaders and representatives to sign Proposal 289, which creates a disability program to encourage participation from disability-owned businesses on public works projects. The program will also purchase goods and services.

"By creating the Disability Business Enterprise Program we are committing the leadership of our city to do business with companies owned by people who have disabilities," Council Vice President John Barth.said. "This is a group with traditionally high rates of unemployment and it is important to incentivize people with disabilities to become entrepreneurs."

The program is modeled off of the city’s Minority-, Women- and Veteran-owned business enterprise programs.

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