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ADOT to conduct disparity study for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

Study to ensure women- and minority-owned businesses have equal access to highway projects
February 19, 2014

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation will conduct a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Availability and Disparity Study designed to determine whether minority- and women-owned business enterprises have had equal access to federally assisted transportation contracting opportunities within the state.

The study, which is required by U.S. Department of Transportation, is designed to determine whether there is an inequity between the utilization of women- and minority-owned businesses and the demographics of the general business community. The study will also examine if Disadvantaged Business Enterprise businesses are awarded a proper percentage of contracts based on their availability to perform transportation-related work.

The study will further examine ADOT’s contracting practices and policies to determine how well they promote equal opportunities in awarding contracts. The results of this study will help ADOT set annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals for federally funded projects, as well as reinforce efforts to help Disadvantaged Business Enterprise businesses fairly compete for transportation contracts.

ADOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program has had success in reaching out to the minority-owned business community to educate them on how they can manage their small businesses and better compete for transportation contracts through training workshops, conferences and educational material made available online.

Business owners, trade associations and community groups throughout the state will have the opportunity to participate in the study and provide comments about their experiences related to transportation work or assisting women- and minority-owned businesses. Throughout the spring, the study team will be contacting businesses by phone to collect information about their availability for different types of ADOT contracts. For information on how to participate, log on to or send an email to

This is the second disparity study conducted by ADOT. The first study was completed in 2009 as a result of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case and U.S. Department of Transportation guidance that disparity studies must be completed before Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals on transportation contracts can be set.

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De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.