The Sacramento Regional Builders’ Exchange has sent a letter to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, urging him to push for the use of local companies.
Now, the arena – which is part of a complicated swap of property between Cal Expo, ARCO Arena and the downtown Railyards — would create thousands of jobs as part of the $500 million-plus project. And contractors are doing everything possible to guarantee at least a piece of that project, after claiming several high-profile jobs went to out-of-area contractors.
The best example is the Big Build, the $1 billion expansion at Sacramento International Airport. Four general contractors from outside of the area are working on the Big Build, but several subcontractors from the region also have been hired for the project.
The Sacramento City Council could take the next step towards an arena at this coming Tuesday night’s council meeting. Members are expected to vote on an exclusive negotiating agreement with the backers of the Land Swap proposal.