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MDOT and MITA embraces equity and inclusion with new DBE trucking contract process
January 19, 2022
"I want to thank MITA for providing their valuable feedback in developing this process," State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba said. "We hope companies will be comfortable with this process and it will provide DBE trucking companies and the industry as a whole a greater sense of financial security and better information about their agreements with MDOT construction contractors. It also is anticipated this process will result in paperwork reduction in the future as MDOT will be automating the systems to streamline its procedures."
Trucking companies are an integral component of the site preparation team for roads, buildings, and bridge projects, for both new construction and demolition. These companies haul dirt, rocks, sand, gravel, building materials, and demolition debris to and from work sites and suppliers.
"MITA is committed to initiatives that improve the MDOT DBE Program and will support the department with their implementation of these substantive changes," said MITA Executive Vice President Rob Coppersmith.
MDOT's DBE Program is a federally required program designed to ensure that firms owned and controlled by minorities, women, and other socially and economically disadvantaged persons have the opportunity to grow and become self-sufficient through participation in federally funded MDOT contracts. Each year, DBE companies must submit a report to MDOT to maintain their certification. Contact Lisa Thompson, MDOT Office of Business Development administrator, at 517-335-1708 or ThompsonL@Michigan.gov for more information.