Public invited to learn about latest disparity study – new meetings added

June 24, 2019

For more information: Shelley M. Snow, Communications, 503-986-3438,


SALEM – Anyone interested in ODOT’s efforts to engage disadvantaged businesses is invited to attend one of several upcoming meetings to learn about the findings from the 2019 Disparity Study Update and proposed 3-year Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal. The report is available online and comments on the report and the proposed goal are being accepted until July 19 at

SALEM: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 25
Oregon Department of Forestry, Tillamook Room, 2600 State St.

PORTLAND: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, June 27
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Large Conference Room, 731 N. Hayden Meadows Dr.

BEND: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 10
ODOT Region 4 Headquarters, Diamond Lake Conference Room, 63055 North Highway 97.

ROSEBURG: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, July 11
ODOT Region 3 Headquarters, Training Center, 3500 NW Stewart Parkway, 

The meeting rooms are accessible and materials can be made available in alternate formats. If you need accommodations to participate in this process, call 503-986-4355 or statewide relay, 7-1-1.

The purpose of this study update is to inform ODOT’s efforts in assisting disadvantaged business enterprises, or DBEs, on contracts that use U.S. Department of Transportation funds. ODOT sets participation goals in contracts for DBE firms and that goal is based on the percentage of contract dollars that ODOT might expect to go to DBEs if there were a level playing field for those companies when competing for work.

ODOT has proposed an overall DBE goal of 15.37% for the three fiscal years beginning October 1, 2019.

For more information about the study, contact Jen Gray-O’Connor,, 503-358-7617, or send comments to