Diversity Program for Contracts

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's (District) Diversity Program for Contracts. This page contains information on the District's Diversity Program, including the official policy, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) goals, newsletters, upcoming forums, etc.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding this Program, please contact Artemise Davenport, DBE Program Analyst, at 415-257-4581 or adavenport@goldengate.org.

Diversity Program for Contracts

The District, a recipient of federal financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) and the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) of the U.S. DOT, is required to implement a DBE Program in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, which is incorporated herein by this reference.

“Diversity Program for Contracts Program” (PDF)

Small Business Enterprise Element (SBE)

The District has established a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) element within its DBE Program as one of its race-neutral methods of achieving small business participation, including disadvantaged business participation, on particular contracts with subcontracting opportunities. This SBE element applies to all District Contracts and Professional Service Agreements, regardless of funding source, where race-neutral and gender-neutral methods are employed.

It is the policy of the District to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of all contracts and to create a level playing field on which (SBEs) can compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts relating to the District's construction, procurement and professional services activities. DBEs are by definition considered to be SBEs and are covered in all references to SBEs.

Read more about the “Small Business Enterprise Element” (PDF)

Policy Statement on Diversity Program for Contracts

The District is committed to a Diversity Program for the participation of DBEs in contracting opportunities in accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26, revised as of February 28, 2011, as may be amended.

Read the entire Policy Statement on Diversity Program for Contracts here.

DBE Goal

The District Board of Directors proposes an overall goal for the participation of DBEs in contracting opportunities that are budgeted to receive federal financial assistance.

Read more about the DBE Goal for FY 2013/2014 through FY 2015/2016.

Guide for Small Businesses

The District offers this Guide for Small Businesses to assist and encourage small businesses in participating in its procurement activities. It is the District's goal to maximize open competition and to promote the participation of small business enterprises in District procurement activities.

Business Outreach Committee

The Business Outreach Committee (BOC) is a consortium of Bay Area transit agencies and it assists small disadvantaged and local firms in doing business with Bay Area transportation agencies. It publishes a newsletter and holds frequent networking events and buyers forums.

BOC Contracting Newsletters

BOC Events

Application for DBE Certification

The California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) for DBEs is charged with the responsibility of compiling and maintaining the Database of certified DBEs for U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) grantees in California. This database is intended to expand the use of DBE firms by maintaining complete and current information on those businesses and the products and services they can provide to all grantees of California.

The CUCP certifying agencies are responsible for certifying DBE firms. It is not necessary to apply for DBE certification at more than one agency. If your firm meets the General Criteria for DBE certification as provided on the Application Package (click to download file), please submit your completed application, along with the requested documentation, to one of the certifying agencies. Please note: the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is not a certifying agency.

CUCP DBE Database

The DBE Database contains up-to-date information on certified DBE firms and can be used to find certified DBE firms for solicitation to meet DBE goal and contracting requirements. The entire database can be downloaded or exported. To find a certified DBE firm, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/bep/find_certified.htm.

CUCP Website

The CUCP provides "one-stop shopping" certification services to small, minority and women business seeking to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation DBE Program. Visit the CUCP website at http://www.californiaucp.com/.

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