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Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.



Clark Public Utilities establishing vendor lists

Clark Public Utilities of Clark County, Washington, has established vendor lists for supplying materials, equipment and supplies under RCW 54.04.082 and 39.04.190 which allows the Utility to publish notice of the existence...

Published Jul 06, 2020


Pittsburgh MWBE utilization increases in 2019

The City of Pittsburgh awarded 29 percent of contract dollars of minority-owned businesses (MBEs) and 33 percent to woman-owned businesses (WBEs) for the year of 2019, according to a 2019 annual report recently r...

Published Jul 06, 2020


City of Savannah reintroduces MWBE Certification Program

UPDATE 6/29/20 - The new certification program is now part of a larger program referred to as Savannah First, which in addition to increasing MWBE participation, also attempts to maximize participation of ...

Published Jun 29, 2020


WSDOT hosting virtual meetings, invites comments on triennial DBE goals

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has proposed new participation goals for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) for the triennial period of fiscal years 2021 through 2023. Accordingly, WSDOT is inv...

Published Jun 26, 2020


UDOT issues proposed three-year DBE goal

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has released its goal and methodology for its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal for fiscal years 2021 through 2023, in line with Federal Transit Ad...

Published Jun 23, 2020


Pennsylvania Governor raises goals for diverse business participation

In 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order on "Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania's Economy". The order created the Bureau of Divers...

Published Jun 23, 2020


House Committee includes DBE program reauthorization in INVEST Act

The current surface transportation funding authorization passed by the U.S. Congress is due to expire on September 30th, 2020, and with it, the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. In order to renew fun...

Published Jun 22, 2020


MTA awards 32% of contracts to minority, women, and veteran businesses since start of COVID-19

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) awarded $73.1 million in contracts, representing 32 percent of contracting dollars during the relevant period, to New York State and New York City certified minority-own...

Published Jun 10, 2020


Arizona DOT switches to virtual meetings

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has in the past provided online participation opportunities in its various meetings for the benefit of disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) only to those DBEs located ou...

Published Jun 10, 2020


SBA to implement new rules on SDBs

For some time now, the position of Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs) in federal contracting has been somewhat tenuous. While all federal agencies have been subject to goals of meeting a 5% participation rate of SDBs in...

Published Jun 08, 2020


SBA to publish rules removing self-certification for WOSBs and EDWOSBs

(UPDATE 5/26/20 - The SBA has published the rules as expected, making them applicable to "those businesses wishing to compete for set-aside or sole source contracts under the Program". There is an effectiv...

Published May 26, 2020


Columbus Mayor implements disparity study recommendations

Mayor Andrew Ginther of Columbus, following the 2019 release of a disparity study looking into utilization of the small, minority, and women-owned business community in city contracting, has signed an executive order ...

Published May 15, 2020


Iowa Department of Transportation to hold public meetings on DBE goals

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently in the process of setting its triennial disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goals for fiscal years 2021 through 2023 for Federal Highway Administra...

Published May 13, 2020


Caltrans District 5 is hosting Small Business Webinars series

Caltrans District 5, along with state and local partners, will be hosting a series of webinars for small business owners starting on Thursday, May 7th, 2020. The webinar series offers a way for small businesses to sti...

Published Apr 24, 2020


Denver City Council approves five-year-renewal of MWBE equity program

The Denver City Council approved a five-year-renewal of the equity program for small, local minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs). The equity program is run through the Denver Economic Development & Op...

Published Apr 20, 2020