Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

PART is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace that embraces the broad view of diversity. Our mission is to be an inclusive workplace that reflects our community within all levels of the organization. We respect and value individual differences and encourage all employees to reach their maximum potential.

DBE Goal

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation has set its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal at .9818% for programs utilizing Federal Transit Administration funds for the federal fiscal year 2023-2025 (October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2025). 
This goal was developed in accordance with CFR 49 Part 26. A description of how the goal was developed is available by request.

DBE Program Policy Statement

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. PART has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, PART has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the policy of PART to ensure that DBEs are defined in part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy:

  • To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT - assisted contracts
  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts
  • To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs
  • To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program
  • To review and/or update this policy and overall DBE program on an annual basis

The PART Grants and Procurement Specialist has been designated as the DBE Liaison Officer. The Grants and Procurement Specialist is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by PART in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.

Signed DBE Program Policy Statement

View a copy of the Signed DBE Program Policy Statement (PDF).