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State seeks input on plan for disadvantaged business enterprises

Maui meeting set for July 10

The Maui News

The state Department of Transportation will hold a meeting July 10 on Maui to gather input on the awarding of contracts to disadvantaged business enterprises.

DBEs are for-profit small businesses whose primary owner and management are considered socially and economically disadvantaged. The DBE program was established to ensure that firms owned by minorities, women and other socially and economically disadvantaged persons have an equal opportunity to participate in U.S. Department of Transportation-assisted projects. The goal of the program is to level the playing field on which DBEs may compete for contracts and subcontracts in the transportation industry.

Federal funding requirements call for state and local transportation agencies to create goals for the participation of disadvantaged entrepreneurs in federal-aid contracts.

The Hawaii DOT will be holding statewide meetings this month to gather comments on its proposed DBE goals for federal fiscal years 2020-22. The Maui meeting will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 10 at the Highways Division Maui District Office at 650 Palapala Drive in Kahului.

To view the draft study, visit hidot.hawaii.gov/administration/ocr/dbe/.

Those needing an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation at the meeting due to a disability should contact Curtis Motoyama, DBE program supervisor, at (808) 831-7931 or at curtis.s.motoyama@hawaii.gov as soon as possible to allow time to fulfill the request.

Comments can also be made online through July 26 at www.keenindependent.com/hdotdisparitystudy2019 or by emailing HDOTdisparitystudy2019@keenindependent.com.