The primary goal of the DBE Specialized Development Program is to increase the number of DBEs participating on FDOT contracts and the dollar percentage awarded to DBEs by providing assistance to Prime Contractors and facilitating the development of DBEs to obtain contracts. This effort will be concentrated on the larger contracts identified by the Department including those contracts advanced in the 21st Century Transportation Plan.
Assistance, as directed by the Department, to Prime Contractors who are bidding on or have been awarded contracts identified by the Department as priority projects, including serving as a liaison or facilitator between the Prime Contractor and the DBE.
Develop and administer a Bridging the Gap Program designed for established construction firms to move them from bidding as a subcontractor to bidding as a Prime Contractor.
Provide specialized assistance to Prime Contractors identified by the Department, who have had historically low DBE participation on FDOT contracts.
Identify and provide access to publicly available information technology related training, software and applications that will assist DBEs in increasing their level of technical expertise in handing the day-to-day operations of their business with a goal of producing DBEs whose technical bid proposals are sound and free of technical errors.
DBE Capacity Assessments - The FDOT DBE Specialized Development Program team evaluates the capacity of DBEs to do business with the Florida Department of Transportation and prime contractors.
Technical Assistance Referrals - Our team refers DBEs to technical service providers to assist DBEs with building their capacity to do business with the Florida Department of Transportation.