Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Policy Statement

Written DBE programs are required for FTA recipients of planning, capital, and/or operating assistance that will have contracting opportunities (excluding transit vehicle purchases) exceeding $250,000 with those funds in a federal fiscal year.  It is PARTA’s policy to maintain an FTA-approved DBE program to ensure compliance with 49 CFR Part 26, “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs.” The purpose of PARTA’s DBE program is to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts.

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Public Notice
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Public Hearing Notice


The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) is in the process of developing its Federal Fiscal Year 2020 through 2022 Triennial DBE Goal, which is required by the Code of Federal Regulation 49, Part 26. Your comments and feedback are important

PARTA will participate with other public agencies who also receive money from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Federally funded projects to hold a public hearing at the SARTA Administrative Building on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  The address is 1600 Gateway Blvd SE, Canton, OH 44707.  We will be discussing federally funded projects that may have the opportunity for Certified DBE companies’ participation.  We will also have guest speakers:  Kim Irvin-Lee, Ohio Business Assistance Center and Maria Davila, ODOT.  Complimentary parking will be in the visitor parking lot.