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Events

WSDOT is committed to engaging the public in the 2012 WSDOT disparity study process. WSDOT and the study team will host various events throughout the course of the disparity study to help the public understand the purpose of the study and to offer opportunities for the public and various stakeholders to submit testimony and comments about their experiences with and perceptions of working in the local marketplace. The events schedule will be updated regularly. Please check back periodically for those updates.


Public Hearing and Initiation Meetings

WSDOT and BBC conducted five (5) Public Hearing and Initiation Meetings throughout the state in February 2012. During each meeting, the study team gave a presentation describing the disparity study, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. Following the presentation, attendees were given the opportunity to submit verbal testimony about their experiences doing work in the local transportation-related contracting industry and to ask questions about the disparity study. Please see the 2012 WSDOT Public Hearing and Initiation Meeting Presentation (pdf 226 kb) for details.
WSDOT to host public meetings across the state in June 2013. See materials that the study team presented during the public meetings (pdf 716 kb).


Business Organization/Trade Association Meetings

Tabor 100. WSDOT, BBC, and PCC presented at the January 28 meeting of the Tabor 100. Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence, and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. During the meeting, BBC gave a presentation describing the disparity study, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. Following the presentation, attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions about the study. Please see the 2012 WSDOT Public Hearing and Initiation Meeting Presentation (pdf 226 kb) for details.

Associated General Contractors of Washington (AGC). BBC and PCC meet with AGC executive leaders and membership on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. During the meeting, BBC discussed its approach to conducting disparity studies, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. In addition, attendees were given the opportunity to submit verbal testimony about their experiences doing work in the local transportation contracting industry and to ask questions about the disparity study.

DBE Practitioners Meeting. On Wednesday, April 11, BBC and PCC met with representatives from local government agencies that are involved with implementation of the Federal DBE Program and with minority- and women-owned business enterprise issues. During the meeting, BBC discussed its approach to conducting disparity studies, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. In addition, attendees were given the opportunity to submit verbal testimony about their experiences with implementing the Federal DBE Program and conditions in the local marketplace. Attendees were also given the opportunity to ask questions about the disparity study.

National Association of Minority Contractors – Washington (NAMC). BBC and PCC met with the NAMC on Thursday, April 12, 2012. During the meeting, BBC discussed its approach to conducting disparity studies, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. In addition, attendees were given the opportunity to submit verbal testimony about their experiences doing work in the local transportation contracting industry and to ask questions about the disparity study.

DBE Advisory Group. WSDOT and BBC met with the DBE Advisory Group on Thursday, April 12, 2012 to discuss study progress and next steps. In addition, attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions about the disparity study.

Northwest Minority Development Council (NMSDC). BBC met with the NMSDC on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. During the meeting, BBC discussed its approach to conducting disparity studies, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. In addition, attendees were given the opportunity to submit verbal testimony about their experiences doing work in the local transportation contracting industry and to ask questions about the disparity study.

District Council of Laborers (DCL). BBC met with the DCL on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. During the meeting, BBC discussed its approach to conducting disparity studies, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. In addition, attendees were given the opportunity to submit verbal testimony about their experiences doing work in the local transportation contracting industry and to ask questions about the disparity study.

Washington Asphalt and Pavement Association (WAPA). BBC met with the WAPA on Thursday, June 14, 2012. During the meeting, BBC discussed its approach to conducting disparity studies, including its purpose, methodology, and the study schedule. In addition, attendees were given the opportunity to submit verbal testimony about their experiences doing work in the local transportation contracting industry and to ask questions about the disparity study.

DBE Advisory Group. Most recently, WSDOT and BBC met with the DBE Advisory Group on Thursday, May 16, 2013 to provide a recap of the disparity study results, answer questions related to the disparity study and WSDOT’s implementation of the Federal DBE Program, and discuss next steps.