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Campaign To Hire Local: High Speed Rail

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By: Rebecca Phillips

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday to encourage the California High Speed Rail Authority to hire local businesses and local workers.

The federal government allotted $4.3 billion for the Authority to spend on the first phase of its high speed rail line in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Board intends to hire local businesses to complete the High Speed Railway's first phase of construction that will run through the heart of Fresno County.

The resolution specifically asks the Authority for a strong commitment to hiring local Fresno County businesses.

This will include the environmental, planning, design, engineering, and construction work that will be required to complete the first segment of its high speed rail line.

Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea asked the Board to pass the Hire Local for High Speed Rail resolution.

"Fresno County boasts a strong, intelligent, able, dedicated and talented workforce," said Supervisor Perea. "Our residents are eager to get back to work and will do a superior job in the completion of the Authority's high speed rail line."

The Board intends to reduce Fresno County's unemployment rate of 15.2 percent and they believe hiring local will do just that.

For more information about the Fresno Works effort, visit FresnoWorks.org.

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