Denver investigating largest minority contract

DENVER - Denver is investigating the largest contract ever awarded to a minority-owned company in its history after the bulk of the work was turned over to another firm.

The Denver Post reports that Mayor Michael Hancock asked his economic development chief to look into a $40 million mechanical contract at Denver International Airport given to Burgess Services.

The company is owned by Denise Burgess, an African-American woman.

She collected a two percent construction management fee but gave most of the construction work to RK Mechanical Inc., a large company which doesn't qualify for Denver's minority and business enterprise program.

The newspaper earlier reported that the entire $40 million contract was counted toward Denver's goal of increasing contracts for women and minority-owned businesses.

Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher also plans to examine the entire program.

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