DBE Program Overview
DBE Program Overview
Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26, it is the policy of the Collier Area Transit (CAT) that disadvantaged business enterprises (businesses owned by women and minorities) as defined by U.S. Department of Transportation regulation 49 CFR Part 26 (link) shall have a fair opportunity to compete for and participate on CAT contracts and subcontracts.
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The Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) does not certify DBEs, but rather uses the list of DBEs identified in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Uniform Certification Program (UCP) Directory. The BCC utilizes the FDOT website DBE Directory. The directory lists the firm’s name, contact person, address, phone number, and the type of work the firm has been certified to perform as a DBE., which provides information regarding available DBE's in all or nearly all construction trades, as well as providers of all types of goods and services. The Directory's database is continuously supplemented and updated. The DBE directory can be found at:
If you are a small, minority or woman-owned business, you are especially encouraged to participate in our business opportunities. The local certifying agency in the southwest Florida area is the Lee County Port Authority located at the Southwest Florida International Airport. The BCC will use the DBE directory administered by the Florida Department of Transportation and listed on the UCP (Unified DBE Certification Program) website to verify if a firm is DBE certified by the Florida UCP.
For more information regarding Lee County Port Authority DBE program visit http://www.flylcpa.com/dbe
The Florida UCP certifies DBEs in accordance to the Federal Regulations. An Annual Meeting of the Florida UCP is scheduled for all members to attend and discuss any issues or needed changes to the UCP Program
Collier Area Transit (CAT), as a grantee of both the Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration, is in the triennial process of establishing its goal for its DBE program. The final goal will be in effect for the next three years (Fiscal years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19).
Collier Area Transit is recommending the following Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for applicable professional, consulting, construction, and procurement contracts during Fiscal Years 2016/2017/2018, beginning October 1, 2016, and ending September 30, 2019. The overall total DBE goal being proposed will be 1.60%. The Race/Gender-Neutral and Race/Gender-Conscious Split will consist of 100% of the goal being met utilizing Race/Gender-Neutral methodology.
The draft goal will be available for public comment for 45 Days, and CAT would like to gain your input. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to submit it to CAT via email to GoCATbus@colliergov.net
The proposed DBE Goal will be considered the final DBE Goal unless substantive public comments are received within the public comment period. I look forward to hearing from you.