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Who should participate in this meeting?
Minority, women and general contractor groups, community organizations, DBE firms, heavy highway related construction and engineering firms, transit systems, and other officials and organizations with information concerning the availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBEs, and efforts to establish a level playing field for the participation of DBEs or anyone interested in learning more are invited to attend.

Why should you participate?
To provide DBE related information and feedback to ODOT and the Turnpike, to find out about the goal setting methodology process and proposed goal for next three years for ODOT highway and transit projects, and to ask questions.


What will be discussed during the meeting?
ODOT’s DBE goal setting methodology used for the proposed overall triennial DBE goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2023 – 2025. ODOT will also be seeking information concerning the availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses and the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBEs. We would also like feedback on ODOT's efforts to establish a level playing field for the participation of DBE.

What agencies will be participating?
ODOT Division of Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion
ODOT Office of Transit
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission.

When are the public meetings?
Two meetings were held on Thursday, June 9. If you missed them, please check out the playback below. 

How long is the comment period open?
The 30 day comment period for the Highway DBE goal is open through July 8, 2022.

  • Please review the 'ODOT 2023-25 Overall DBE Goal and Metholodgy Document' in the document section of this page. 

The 30 day comment period for the Transit DBE goal is open through July 17, 2022.

  • Please review the 'FTA Goal and Metholodgy Document' in the document section of this page. 

I watched the video and reviewed the information, now what? 
After watching the video and reviewing the information you can naviagate to the 'Public Comments' tab to complete the questions and comment form. 

What is the timeline and steps to completing this process?

  • May 2022 – Receive availability study and proposed triennial DBE goals for both FHWA and FTA draft from BBC Consulting
  • June 9, 2022 – Virtual public meetings will be held
  • August 1, 2022 – ODOT’s Overall Triennial Goal will be submitted to FHWA for review 

Availability Study
Beginning in October 2021, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) commissioned the Denver-based firm BBC Research & Consulting (BBC) to conduct an availability study to determine the availability of woman- and minority-owned companies to participate in ODOT work, and to develop tools for calculating project-specific goals when relevant. Information from the study will help ODOT evaluate and refine their efforts to encourage the participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses in their contracts and help inform any adjustments that ODOT might make to its implementation of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. 

Study Analyses
The availability study will focus on construction and professional services contracts and procurements that ODOT awarded from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020 (state FY2018-FY2020). The core purpose of the availability study will be to examine the percentage of contract dollars that minority- and woman-owned businesses might be expected to receive based on their capacity to perform specific types and sizes of agency contracts.

If you have questions regarding the availabity study, please visit the Availabity Study webpage or email [email protected]