ODOT reports steady decline in DBE participation

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.

Fighting for a bigger piece of the pie

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 now he and others are working to keep things from getting worse. “Ideally, we’d like to see those numbers go up,” he said, “but realistically, we’re fighting to keep those extremely low numbers. We’ve been doing this for 2

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