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KYTC to Seek Public Input in Covington on Improving Disadvantaged Businesses' Role in Highway Projects

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking public input on proposed goals for increasing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) involvement in highway projects.

“These forums give the public an opportunity to participate in a dialogue about how we ensure disadvantaged businesses are represented fairly when cabinet projects are awarded,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said in a news release. “Decisions regarding our Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program have a broad effect, and our staff attempts to clarify everything about the process through public meetings and these proposed goals.

There will be four meetings across the Commonwealth, including one in Covington. That one is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Riverfront ballroom (600 West 3rd Street).

The KYTC Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development, which oversees the cabinet’s DBE program is proposing an annual, overall DBE participation goal of 8.5 percent for federal fiscal year 2015. The federal fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Under U.S. Department of Transportation rules, the new goal would be in effect for three years.

The 2014 goals and methodology will be available online at,May 26, 2014, until June 25, 2014. Written comments will be accepted for 15 days afterward – until July 10, 2014 – and can be submitted online through the website or through the mail to:

Melvin Bynes

Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

200 Mero Street, Sixth Floor

Frankfort, KY 40622

Information is also available by calling 1-800-928-3079 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT.

The Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity, a diverse workforce and the promotion of equitable business opportunities throughout Kentucky, according to a news release.