December 3, 2021

Authority Recognized for Support of Hispanic Construction Businesses, Creating Equal Opportunity

ATLANTA - The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has been named “Government Partner of the Year” by the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association (GHCA). Partners since 2016, MARTA supports the GHCA and its membership in a variety of ways, including posting construction job opportunities and other materials in Spanish and hosting Spanish-only workshops on MARTA property.

“MARTA is honored by this award and proud to partner with GHCA to advance opportunity within the Hispanic community,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “Our Offices of Diversity & Inclusion, Recruiting, and Procurement work to ensure minority members of the construction community in this region have equal access to our varied projects and that MARTA’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals are not only met, but exceeded.”

"For many years, MARTA has been a true partner of GHCA and its members, affording opportunities and always having an open-door policy to the needs of the Hispanic construction community in Georgia. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary, and we could not be prouder to have this strong and synergetic alliance with MARTA. MARTA is the recipient of the “Government Partner of the Year” Award, not only because of the history we've built together but because of the growth that both entities will continue to build by working side by side,” said Rafael Villegas, Executive Director - Georgia Hispanic Construction Association.

MARTA regularly sends job and procurement opportunities directly to GHCA’s members, flagging positions that require a bilingual candidate such as Customer Service Representative. These items, along with MARTA project news, are placed in GHCA’s newsletter and on its membership message board.

This fall, MARTA collaborated with GHCA to present a “Doing Business with MARTA” webinar to mark Hispanic Heritage Month and held a successful workshop for GHCA to educate members on how to become DBE certified. Additionally, GHCA has held Spanish-only safety workshops for members at MARTA headquarters. 

“Partnering with GHCA has allowed MARTA to further expand diversity in the public transit industry through both employment and contracting opportunities ensuring that our workforce and practices reflect the communities that we serve,” MARTA Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion Paula Nash. 

MARTA will receive the award at GHCA’s annual Building Georgia 10th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, Dec. 3.



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