Small businesses in Madera may have the opportunity to win contracts to provide various services contributing to the construction of a high-speed rail system, officials say.
But it’s not local engineering or construction expertise that is needed — janitorial, administrative, and other business-related services will be required to get the project going.
“Our eyes were opened about the extent of the opportunities that would be available for local businesses,” said Bobby Kahn, Madera County Economic Development Commission executive director. “There are so many more services they are going to need.”
To receive federal funding, the California High Speed Rail Authority is obligated to do business with disadvantaged and small businesses. Its goal is to hire 30 percent small business, with 3 percent of those businesses being disabled veteran businesses, Kahn said...