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Public input sought for developing highway project goals for disadvantaged businesses

Transportation Cabinet launches statewide public meetings

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) 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.

The 2020 goals and methodology will be available online at Proposed FY 20-22 DBE Goal Methodology. Information is also available by calling 1-502-564-3601   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 to or mailed to:

Melvin Bynes  
Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, Ky 40622

The OCRSBD hosted forums during June in several of the cabinet’s 12 highway districts to explain the proposed goals and how they were established.

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


DBE/ACDBE Application

Applicants seeking to apply for a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification and Airport Concession DBE certification may now do so through an online application portal known as DBE Online. The more convenient process increases efficiency for small businesses and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Applicants can submit all necessary paperwork online, eliminating the cost of printing and postage. The online application offers built-in quality control measures that detect if any required documents are missing prior to application submission. Your information will be saved as you complete the application. To pick up where you left off, simply enter your Federal Tax ID number.  Click the button below to create your account and begin the application process.​


​DBE /AC​DBE Online Application



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DBE Exchange

Beginning July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are participating in a DBE Exchange.  DBE’s certified in one state may be used for any transportation federal aid project in the partner state.  Please note that DBE’s will need to follow the project State’s prequalification laws.  For the most up to date list of DBE’s certified in INDIANA please click here: Indiana DBE Directory

DBE Exchange information please click here : DBE Exchange Information


The Office for Civil Rights & Small Business Development is committed to ensure equal employment opportunity, a diverse workforce and promoting equitable business opportunities throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

It is the mission of the Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development to ensure adherence to and compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity, Title VI, and Small and Disadvantaged Business Initiatives via program implementation and policy development. The Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development is responsible for ensuring that no person (in the Commonwealth of Kentucky) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination based on color, religion, race, national origin or disability under any program administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Bidding Requirements & Conditions
All organizations and individuals bidding on Department projects and accepting subcontracts on Department projects must apply for and receive Department prequalification and possess a Certificate of Eligibility as provided in regulations published by the Department according to KRS Section 176.140.


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