The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking public input on proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals to ensure certified businesses can compete fairly for federally-funded transportation projects.

The Cabinet’s Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development (OCRSBD) is developing an annual DBE participation goal, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration. Once approved, the goal will be in effect for three years beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

“Setting Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals when awarding federally-funded transportation projects encourages an equitable playing field for certified businesses that have historically been underrepresented in the industry,” said OCRSBD Executive Director Jamir Davis. “We welcome all interested parties to attend a public meeting to provide feedback on the proposed goals and to learn how we establish fair goals.”

The OCRSBD will host forums during June in several of the cabinet’s 12 highway districts to explain the proposed goals and how they were established.The meeting at Highway District 12 is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, in the District Office conference room at 109 Loraine Street in Pikeville.

The 2020 goals and methodology will be available online at, http://transportation.ky.gov/Civil-Rights-and-Small-Business-Development. Information is also available by calling (502) 564-3601, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. EDT. The comment period will be from June 21 through July 22. Written comments can be submitted online or mailed to:

Melvin Bynes

Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

200 Mero Street

Frankfort, Ky 40622

The OCRSD is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity, a diverse workforce and the promotion of equitable business opportunities throughout Kentucky.

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