Public input sought for developing highway
project goals for disadvantaged businesses
Transportation Cabinet launches statewide
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,
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 Melvin.Bynes2@ky.gov or mailed to:
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
The OCRSD is committed to ensuring
equal employment opportunity, a diverse workforce and the promotion of
equitable business opportunities throughout Kentucky.
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 /ACDBE Online Application