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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Advisory Committee

What is the DBE Advisory Committee?

In September 2020, the Oregon Department of Transportation's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) received funding for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services as part of federal funding allocated by the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC). ODOT acknowledges that there are various barriers that impact DBEs in Oregon and their success in competing for and winning work. This funding will be used to identify and address these barriers.

To center DBE perspectives in this process, ODOT established an advisory committee made up of DBE firms, large prime companies, and industry partner representatives. This group will meet as a cohort starting in September 2022 through July 2023 to build on previous work that identifies barriers DBE firms face when contracting with ODOT and develop recommendations to address those barriers. Future cohorts will continue this work, while also monitoring ODOT's progress toward implementing recommendations from prior cohorts and other similar efforts.

Our Goals

The goal of the DBE Advisory Committee is to prioritize challenges and barriers faced by DBE certified firms when contracting with ODOT and to share with ODOT recommendations to address these barriers.

  • ​To determine availability and capacity of DBE firms in ODOT's relevant market area.
  • To determine challenges an​d barriers for DBE firms in ODOT's solicitation and contracting process.
  • To identify other possible contracting disparities between the availability and the utilization of ready, willing and able firms to participate in contracts for goods and services related to the operations, maintenance and construction of highways, bridges and other related transportation facilities in the state of Oregon.
  • To review work of the prior cohort, including revisiting the list of barriers faced by DBE firms and assessing progress made toward reducing those barriers.
  • To present a prioritized list of recommendations to ODOT to evaluate for implementation.
  • To develop DBE specific supportive services to address identified barriers.
  • To establish a long-term legacy for future cohorts so the DBE Advisory Committee may serve as an on-going resource for ODOT and the Oregon DBE community.

Accessibility Accommodations

ODOT is committed to providing equal access to our facilities, programs, and services.  We honor and respect our individual differences and we work to ensure that people from diverse backgrounds have equitable opportunities, both internally and externally, to work for and conduct business with ODOT.

Applicants to the DBE Advisory Committee may request reasonable accommodation to this program and application process.  Requests should be submitted to ODOT no less than 3 business days before the application deadline.  Available accommodations may include but are not limited to:

  • Printed materials in alternative formats;
  • Sign-language interpretation;
  • Website accessibility.
To request assistance, please email or call 855-540-6655.