Linda Nguyen-Perez, a research/policy analyst at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), works to promote America's manufacturing jobs and create career pathways for historically disadvantaged women and men, and Michelle Knapik is the director of the Surdna Foundation’s Sustainable Environments Program. This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (aka L.A. Metro) needed new, clean buses. If L.A. Metro had simply followed current buying protocol, its single focus would have been on finding a company to deliver the lowest-cost buses. In all likelihood, this would have resulted in jobs going overseas (but for some final assembly jobs on U.S. soil).