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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program disparity study now online

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Date:  Friday, May 17, 2013

Contact:
Brenda Nnambi, director, WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity, 360-705-7095 (Olympia)
Jackie Bayne, business development consultant, 360-705-7084 (Olympia)

WSDOT to host public meetings across the state in June

OLYMPIA – A study to determine whether the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contracting activities are fair and equitable for all is now available for review. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program disparity study analyzed information about local marketplace conditions for minority-owned and women-owned businesses and the degree to which WSDOT utilizes these businesses.

The study in its entirety and an executive summary are available online.

As a next step, WSDOT will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the results of the study and receive comments on the overall DBE goal options contained within the study. The meetings will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at each of the following locations:
 
Tuesday, June 18 – North Seattle
WSDOT NW Region Headquarters
Cafeteria Conference Room
15700 Dayton Ave. N
Shoreline, WA 98133

Wednesday, June 19 – Yakima
Selah Maintenance Facility
900 E Selah Road
Yakima, WA 98901

Thursday, June 20 – Spokane
WSDOT Eastern Region Headquarters
2714 N Mayfair St.
Spokane, WA 99207

Tuesday, June 25 – Vancouver
WSDOT SW Region Headquarters
11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682

Wednesday, June 26 – South Seattle
South Seattle Community College
Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98108

Thursday, June 27 – Tacoma
Tacoma Small Business Incubator
1423 E 29th St.
Tacoma, WA 98404

During these meetings, WSDOT will also talk about the new Small Business Enterprise Program and its benefits, eligibility and prime contractor requirements. Persons wanting to attend a meeting should reserve a spot by calling 888-259-9143 or emailing disparitystudy@wsdot.wa.gov.

A webinar has been scheduled for June 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for individuals who are unable to attend a meeting. Registration for this webinar is at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/644078352 .

Comments on the overall DBE goal options may also be submitted in writing to: disparitystudy@wsdot.wa.gov or mailed to:

Disparity Study
Washington State Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 47314
Olympia, WA 98504-7314 
 
For more information, email disparitystudy@wsdot.wa.gov or call 888-259-9173.

Hyperlinks within the release:

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

Title VI Statement to Public
WSDOT ensures full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by prohibiting discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex in the provision of benefits and services resulting from its federally assisted programs and activities. For questions regarding WSDOT's Title VI Program, you may contact the Department's Title VI Coordinator at 360-705-7098 or 509-324-6018.


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