ODOT reports DBE participation on FHWA-funded contracts has declined in each of the last five years. Click here to download chapter nine of the 2016 Disparity Study draft. Click here to see the rest of the study: Oregon.Gov.
In 1996, stakeholders in Portland were fed up with the dearth of public contracts going to woman- and minority-owned companies, and the relative lack of women and minorities in the workforce. City leaders pledged to do better, establishing programs to increase “participation,” which hovered between 3 and 5 percent total for those groups. Twenty years later, those facts are all roughly the same. O’Neill Electric President Maurice Rahming, a regular voice on this issue, said no