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Peer Exchanges, Planning for a Better Tomorrow, Transportation Planning Capacity Building

Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program

— Peer Exchange Report —

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Business Development Programs

Location: Houston, TX
October 15-16, 2014
Host Agency: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Civil Rights
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Offices of Civil Rights
Peer Agencies: American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro)
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Federal Agencies:
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe)


This report highlights key recommendations and best practices identified at the peer exchange on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Business Development Programs (BDPs), held on October 15 and 16, 2014, in Houston, Texas. This event was sponsored by the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program, which is jointly funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Goals of the Exchange:

The primary goals of the peer exchange were to address the concerns expressed by the OIG report and to discuss industry best practices that will help funding recipient agencies to develop BDPs. The peer exchange aimed to develop a list of suggestions and practical tips for developing BDPs that ultimately increase DBE participation and support compliance with DBE requirements and expectations. FHWA and FTA plan to use the results of this peer exchange to provide recipient agencies with the tools necessary to develop successful BDPs, overcome common challenges, improve DBE performance, and expand the availability of high-quality DBEs.

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