WSDOT to host meetings on DBE goal setting in Spokane, Seattle and Yakima, June 24-27
OLYMPIA – Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses and others who might be interested in working with the Washington State Department of Transportation are invited to comment on the agency’s proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for contracts funded by the Federal Highway Administration.
Transportation projects that receive federal funds include a DBE goal that represents a percentage of the contract value in which minority- and women-owned businesses should participate, given their availability in the market place. WSDOT proposes continuing its current 19 percent overall DBE participation goal on Federal Highway Administration funded projects for federal fiscal years 2019 through 2021.
WSDOT will consider all written comments received and submit a final document to FHWA on Aug. 1. The goal will be effective through Sept. 30, 2021.
The purpose of the DBE program is to create a level playing field for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals wanting to participate in federally assisted highway, transit and aviation programs.
Connecting with communities
WSDOT is hosting a series of informational meetings for those who would like to learn about WSDOT’s overall DBE goal:
2 – 4 p.m. Monday, June 24
WSDOT Eastern Region Headquarters
2714 N. Mayfair Street, Spokane
2 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25
WSDOT Northwest Region Headquarters
15700 Dayton Ave. N, Shoreline
2 – 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27
WSDOT South Central Region Headquarters
2809 Rudkin Road, Union Gap
To provide comment
Written comments on the proposed overall DBE goals must be submitted by mail or email to:
Jackie Bayne, Policy Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation
Office of Equal Opportunity
P.O. Box 47314
Olympia, WA 98504-7314
WSDOT will consider all written comments received through Friday, July 19, 2019.
Documents detailing the methodology used for determining the FHWA DBE goal is available for review at all WSDOT region headquarters offices and at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, Olympia. They are also available online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/equalopportunity/.