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News Release
ODOT Targets Small Construction Companies with New Contracting Program
Small Contracting Program for Construction Launches Statewide January 28
 For More Information: Peter Murphy, Public Information Officer
Elisabeth Cooper, Major Projects Branch, (503) 731-8510
Salem, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Transportation is launching a statewide program aimed at increasing contracting opportunities for small businesses in Oregon. ODOT’s Small Contracting Program for Construction will make it possible for small construction companies across Oregon to do business with the agency as prime contractors.
ODOT designed its new program to help contractors in two ways. By identifying small projects, or dividing larger projects, into contracts valued at $100,000 or less, the agency is making more work available to small contractors. And by pre-qualifying companies, ODOT can help small businesses compete more effectively by issuing notification to those companies when projects are open for bid.
“Through the Small Contracting Program, ODOT is supporting Oregon’s economy by building sustainability for small businesses,” said Matt Garrett, ODOT director. “Additionally, it creates an opportunity for ODOT to tap into the experience and expertise of Oregon’s small companies as we work to build a stronger transportation system.”
Contractors may pre-qualify by completing the Request for Qualifications process. They will then be included in the selection pool for future program contract bid opportunities.

* The RFQ is available beginning Jan. 28 at the Oregon Procurement Information Network Web site at http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome and on the ODOT Procurement Office – Construction Web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/CS/CONSTRUCTION/Pages/index.aspx.
* It consists of a short, three-part form that requests basic information, such as a construction company’s location, employees and experience.
Pre-qualification is not a guarantee of work, but it does ensure that a company is eligible to participate in the program, depending on its capabilities, location and the type of work available. ODOT will award contracts based on low bid. Depending on the number of construction contractors pre-qualified for a given type of work, the agency may give preference to a company that has never worked as a prime contractor with the agency before.
The new program builds on the Small Contracting Program for Professional and Technical Services, which launched statewide in September 2007 following a one-year pilot program in the Portland metropolitan area. 
For more information, visit ODOT’s Office of Civil Rights Small Business Support Web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/CS/CIVILRIGHTS/Pages/small_business.aspx.

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