Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Wednesday announced the opening of an office to help minorities and women entrepreneurs compete for jobs on the massive Alameda Corridor public works project.
The office will be operated by the Minority Business Opportunity Committee, which is headquartered in the mayor's office.
The new office will assist companies owned by women and minorities bid for contracts relating to the $1.9-billion truck and rail freight corridor that will run between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and rail switching yards south of downtown Los Angeles.
Riordan made the announcement during remarks to the Minority Business Opportunity Day trade fair at the Convention Center.
"The Alameda Corridor is one of our most important regional economic priorities, and [the new office] will help us ensure that all Angelenos have access to the opportunities it brings," Riordan said.