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Local program wants portion of downtown construction jobs to go to ex-convicts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's convention center is going through a $180 million renovation, and one local group wants part of that money to be spent on former convicts.

The "Jesus and a Job" program provides construction jobs to ex-convicts.

Program leaders are asking that a portion of the renovation money is set aside for their program.

They want minorities working on 20 percent of the project.

"We're saying if we're gonna spend $180 million of taxpayer money to renovate this place, we want to also renovate, and uplift and rehab some lives that is falling through the crack," said Rev. Charles Elliott with King Solomon Baptist Church.

The group is also asking that minority workers get at least $50 million of the construction jobs for the new Omni hotel.

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