LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The public agency building the Alameda Corridor rail
cargo expressway on Thursday renewed its goal of awarding 22 percent of work to
The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) Governing Board
established the goal for the Alameda Corridor Business Outreach Program for the
year that begins Oct. 1. It is the same target used last year for the program,
which requires an annual review.
So far, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) – generally small
minority- and women-owned firms – have accounted for 22.5 percent of all
contracting activity. Their contributions have run the gamut – from
engineering and design work to actual construction, from on-call right-of-way
services to materials procurement, from prime contractors to subcontractors.
"We committed ourselves a long time ago to ensuring that all firms in
the region have an equal opportunity to compete for work on the Alameda
Corridor, and we’re pleased the program is showing such strong results,"
said Long Beach Councilman Jeffrey A. Kellogg, the chairman of the Governing
Among 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.
The 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.
"Los Angeles has the most talented pool of women- and minority-owned
businesses in the nation," said Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan.
"With the Alameda Corridor, once again our city is setting the benchmark
for minority participation and demonstrating the power of diversity. I want to
congratulate my Minority Business Opportunity Committee and the Alameda Corridor
Transportation Authority for their tremendous efforts and results."
ACTA, a joint powers agency that includes the cities and ports of Long Beach
and Los Angeles, is building a 20-mile railroad freight expressline linking the
ports to the transcontinental rail yards just east of downtown Los Angeles. The
project will speed the flow of cargo and ease traffic congestion by eliminating
conflicts at more than 200 at-grade railroad crossings. Construction of the $2.4
billion project began in May 1997 and is scheduled for completion in 2002.