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Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Business Council have launched the Regional Alliance Marketplace for Procurement, a portal that centralizes public and private procurement opportunities. RAMP will address procurement reform and equitable access to contracting opportunities, Garcetti said.
“Making it easier for small and diverse businesses to have access to more procurement opportunities has always been a core priority to further expand equity in our city,” Garcetti added. “RAMP has come together with the support of the business community and local organizations, and we are excited for the new opportunities that will be available to all types of small businesses across the region.”
RAMP is a unique solicitation portal designed to provide the small business community with a centralized hub for contracting opportunities with the city of Los Angeles, as well as other public and private entities. More than $10 billion in procurement opportunities are expected to be available in the program’s first year.
The initiative was made possible through the collaboration between Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles business leaders. Many of the opportunities are for small and diverse businesses.
“More than six years ago, I initiated the Comprehensive Jobs Plan, which prioritized procurement reform, primarily for the benefit of small and disadvantaged businesses,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, 2nd District. “RAMP is an extraordinary upgrade to an outdated system, which simplifies the process for businesses of all kinds to contract with the city of L.A., especially those that are small, local and minority- and women-owned.”
Procurement opportunities will be posted through RAMP on an ongoing basis by public and private organizations including the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Metropolitan Water District, PCL Construction, Suffolk Construction, WSP, Burns Group, AEG, NFL, the Los Angeles Dodgers, MUFG and City National Bank.
RAMP will officially launch on Friday, Feb.18. Businesses currently enrolled in Los Angeles’ Business Assistance Virtual Network platform will be automatically transferred into RAMP and will not need to re-register. For information, visit rampla.org.
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