The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission (SWGRC) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission to ensure that DBEs, as 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 filed 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.
TheTransportation Program Manager, has been delegated as the DBE Liaison Officer. In that capacity the Transportation Program Manager 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 the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.
Southwest Georgia Regional Transit’s DBE goal for FY2018 is 35% of the federal financial assistance we will expend in DOT assisted contacts, exclusive of FTA funds used for transit vehicle purchases.