Arthur V. Sohikian, President of AVS Consulting, Inc. in Los Angeles, California, brings over 29 years of experience in issue advocacy and public affairs to his consulting practice.
In 2014, AVS Consulting received the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification #6719.
Sohikian founded AVS Consulting, Inc. in 1997, specializing in message development and strategic advocacy communications to achieve governmental approvals and appropriations for public and private sector clients.
Sohikian has guided numerous clients through Federal, State and Local governmental processes to secure millions in investment for a wide-range of transportation and land-use projects. Public officials, business leaders, community stakeholders and media outlets recognize Sohikian as an expert industry innovator and seek his perspective on land-use and transportation.
AVS Consulting was a Metro SBE contractor on the Subregional Mobility Matrix project and we are working on the update of the Metro Long Range Transportation Plan providing transportation funding and financing expertise at the Federal, State and Regional levels. AVS is currently a SBE on the Metro Supportive Transit Parking Program (STPP).
Sohikian recently partnered with Metro, Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission to create a funding plan for the I-5 North County Capacity Enhancements, Truck/HOV Lanes project. The truck lanes opened in 2014 while the HOV lanes to Parker Road in Castaic are entering Design and should be in construction this decade.
AVS Consulting will help define your message and ensure the right people hear it.
Working with the County of Los Angeles, City of Santa Clarita, the North County Transportation Coalition (NCTC), Metro and Caltrans, Sohikian was instrumental in numerous efforts that led to investing millions in transportation infrastructure throughout North Los Angeles County.
Sohikian is eager to foster green sustainable land-use and transportation projects. He led a team to achieve a contract with Metro to purchase 30 Zero-Emission Electric Buses adding economic development and jobs by having the electric buses built in Lancaster, CA.
Sohikian provided strategic advocacy communications consulting to achieve an eight-year contract for Construction Management Support Services (CMSS) for the Metro Measure R Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project that connects the Gold, Blue and Expo Lines of Metro’s light rail transit system.
Sohikian led the effort for the expansion of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and the Valencia Town Center through complex municipal land-use entitlement processes to provide expanded health care services and economic development.
In the early-to-mid-1990s, Sohikian was the Director of Government Affairs for LA Metro. In this capacity, he was the primary contact with the Clinton Administration and Congress responsible for overseeing one of the nation’s most ambitious transportation policy and funding programs, including funding for the Metro Red Line subway from East Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley.
Sohikian graduated from the University of Florida in 1987 and began his career working for the Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly. Splitting time between Los Angeles and Sacramento, he worked on numerous issues – from the motorcycle helmet law in California, to building public parks near downtown Los Angeles.
Sohikian and his family reside in Valencia in the City of Santa Clarita. He was appointed by the City of Santa Clarita to serve on the NCTC as part of the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) structure. Sohikian serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA.