LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The public agency building the Alameda
Corridor rail cargo expressway has achieved its goal of awarding 22 percent of
work to disadvantaged businesses.
The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA)
Governing Board also re-established the goal for the Alameda Corridor Business
Outreach Program for the year that began Oct. 1. The program requires an annual
far, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) – generally small minority- and
women-owned firms – have accounted for 22.8 percent of all contracting
activity, or $261 million. Moreover, 24.1 percent of all design and construction
dollars expended to date have been paid to minority- and women-owned businesses.
contributions have run the gamut – from engineering and design work to actual
construction, from on-call right-of-way services to materials procurement, and
from prime contractors to subcontractors.
“We're exceptionally pleased that the program is showing
such strong results, because from the beginning we committed ourselves to
ensuring that all firms in the region have an equal opportunity to compete for
work on the Alameda Corridor," said Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy
Svorinich, Jr., chairman of the ACTA Governing Board.
the methods used to attract DBEs are technical assistance workshops,
advertisements about contract opportunities placed in specialty publications,
and networking workshops where representatives of firms are introduced to one
another so that they may form partnerships to bid for work. ACTA also has
divided large projects into phases to create contracts suited to the bonding
capacity of smaller firms.
Alameda Corridor Business Outreach Program is funded by the Economic Development
Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Los Angeles Mayor’s
Office of Economic Development, and ACTA. It is administered by the Los Angeles
Minority Business Opportunity Committee.
MARIA MORENO (310) 233-7480
PHIL HAMPTON (562) 435-5551