Los Angeles’ African American Business Leaders Name Balfour Beatty Public Works Contractor of the Year

by Balfour Beatty

May 14, 2024

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) honors Balfour Beatty with its Public Works Contractor of the Year Award as part of its annual Economic Awards program. The GLAAACC awards program recognizes individuals, small businesses and corporations who have contributed to the economic growth and development of the African American small business community.

“At Balfour Beatty, we recognize that intentional efforts create positive and significant impact in our communities,” said Brian Cahill, Balfour Beatty president in California. “Which is why we partner with organizations like GLAAACC to provide opportunities, mentoring and scholarship funding to empower minority businesses as well as future generations. It’s an honor to be recognized for our work in the field and in the community. We are even more grateful for GLAAAC’s support in providing our company along with many other local organizations with unlimited opportunities to develop working relationships within Los Angeles’ small business community.”

For four decades Balfour Beatty has been building and promoting the economic growth and development of the Greater Los Angeles community through its ongoing efforts to deliver projects such as the LAX Automated People Mover, Hamilton High School Modernization, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) Performing Arts Center and San Gabriel Valley Aquatics Center. In partnering with GLAAACC, Balfour Beatty provides small businesses with job opportunities for these projects which has helped to exceed small business participation and inclusion goals. Balfour Beatty has also supported GLAAACC events including business development seminars for members, charity drives and business mixers.

As part of its commitment to making long-term investments in the communities it serves, Balfour Beatty is an active contributor to GLAAACC’s Education Fund and Foundation Scholarship program which awards scholarships to graduating high school students in the Los Angeles area. The company, as part of LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) joint venture team, awarded $120,000 to this program and most recently, Balfour Beatty donated scholarships to two Hamilton High School students interested in architecture, engineering and construction careers. The scholarships were named in honor of Mayor Karen Bass who is an alumnus of Hamilton High School.

GLAAACC has been active in its advocacy and support of African American business enterprise by providing a variety of programs and services to assist in their growth and development. GLAAACC works to combine the resources of the African American business community and other business organizations to secure solutions for expanding business opportunities. In addition to lobbying to city, state and federal lawmakers on issues affecting business enterprises, GLAAACC assists in providing information, resources and referrals to the community at large.