Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
L.A. County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2009
Contact: James Bolden
MTA BOARD APPROVES RIDLEY-THOMAS’ REQUEST TO ESTABLISH LOCAL HIRING PROGRAM FOR LARGE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FUNDED WITH FEDERAL ECONOMIC STIMULUS DOLLARS
Program will assure that local communities benefit from Federal Economic Stimulus Funding to promote economic development in Los Angeles County
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board today unanimously approved Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ proposal to establish a local hiring program for large construction projects funded with federal economic stimulus dollars.
The vote came a month after Ridley-Thomas, during a meeting of the Board of Supervisors, urged the hiring of at-risk youth with federal stimulus funding.
He directed the County's Chief Executive Officer to develop actions to ensure that the use of Federal Economic Stimulus Package funds will create jobs, job training and other similar public benefits for at risk-youth.
As part of delivery of Federal Economic Stimulus dollars, the MTA will receive funding to carryout a number of "shovel ready" projects throughout its service area. The intent of the funding is to promote economic development in Los Angeles County and to provide employment opportunities for local residents.
As part of delivery of economic stimulus dollars, the MTA will receive funding to execute a number of "shovel ready" projects throughout its service area.
In his motion to the MTA board, Ridley-Thomas said the “intent of the funding is to promote economic development in Los Angeles County and to provide employment opportunities for local residents.”
“To ensure that these objectives, one of Metro’s major program objectives must be to promote employment of individuals who reside in or near project areas and within the County of Los Angeles, and to provide employment and job training opportunities among populations affected by high unemployment,” he concluded.
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Ta'Shara N. Murray
THE OFFICE OF SUPERVISOR MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS
500 W. Temple Street, Room 866
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-2222 Fax (213) 680-3283