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Garcetti and LABC Launch RAMP to Provide Equitable Access to Procurement Opportunities
By Sentinel News Service
Published February 23, 2022

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the Regional Alliance Marketplace for Procurement or RAMP will be available to all types of small businesses across the area. (Courtesy photo)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Business Council launched the Regional Alliance Marketplace for Procurement (RAMP) on February 18. RAMP, a portal which centralizes both public and private procurement opportunities, will address procurement reform and equitable access to contracting opportunities.  

“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,” said Garcetti.  “RAMP has come together with the support of the business community and local organizations; 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. RAMP expects to make available more than $10 billion in procurement opportunities in its first year.     

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This initiative was made possible through the collaboration of the mayor, the Los Angeles City Council, and Los Angeles business leaders and is led by the Mayor’s chief procurement officer. Many of these opportunities are geared for the small and diverse business communities. Most importantly, small business owners can save time and more efficiently find new opportunities by registering in RAMP and gaining access to procurement opportunities across many different organizations from one central location.  

 

RAMP is open to businesses throughout the greater L.A. region. (/Courtesy photo)

“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.  

“RAMP is an extraordinary upgrade to an outdated system, which simplifies the process for businesses of all kinds to contract with the City of LA, especially those that are small, local, and minority and women-owned It’s fitting that we celebrate the launch of RAMP during Super Bowl week in Los Angeles, the kind of major event that offers numerous opportunities for businesses across the City.” 

Procurement opportunities will be posted on 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; construction and engineering firms including PCL Construction, Suffolk Construction, WSP, and Burns Group; sports and entertainment organizations including AEG, NFL, and the Los Angeles Dodgers; financial institutions including MUFG and City National Bank; and, other large contractors.   

Businesses currently enrolled in the City of Los Angeles’ BAVN platform will be automatically transferred into RAMP, and will not need to re-register.  

To learn more or register, go to rampla.org

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