DBE Program

DEERFIELD VALLEY TRANSIT ASSOCIATION

DBE PROGRAM

POLICY STATEMENT

Objectives/Policy Statement

The Deerfield Valley Transit Association (DVTA) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. The DVTA has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the DVTA has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the policy of the DVTA to ensure that DBEs as defined in part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT assisted contracts. It is also our policy and the objectives of the program are:

1. To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts;

2. To help remove barriers and create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;

3. To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;

4. To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs; and

5. To work with the Vermont Agency of Transportation to assist with the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.

The DVTA Special Programs Manager has been delegated as the DBE Liaison Officer, and is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by the DVTA in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.

The DVTA has disseminated this policy statement to the DVTA Board of Directors and all office staff of our organization. We distribute this statement to DBE and non-DBE businesses that perform work for us on DOT-assisted contracts, we post this statement on our website, and we direct mail this statement to certified and potential DBEs.