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Meeting Date: 06/28/2017  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon adoption of revisions to The Woodlands Township Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal setting as required by 49 CFR Part 26;
FISCAL IMPACT:
Not applicable
BACKGROUND:
Every three years, direct recipients of federal funding must calculate and publish proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) 49 CFR Part 26 DBE program requirements. The DBE program is a federally-funded program administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and is intended to provide contracting opportunities to small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The Woodlands Township will take reasonable steps to ensure that DBEs have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed, in whole or in part, with financial assistance from the USDOT.
 
As the timeline for issuing a new three-year goal approaches, the Township has developed the following strategy to comply with FTA regulations for DOT-assisted contracts and goal setting.
  1. The Township will consider all available and anticipated contracting opportunities resulting from FTA assistance;
  2. The Township will identify the total number of establishments (by NAICS code) from the U.S. Census County Business Patterns data;
  3. The Township will identify a three-year forecast of contracts likely to be let, broken down by work category (NAICS code), and each contract’s percentage of the overall amount (dollars) of work;
  4. The Township will identify the relative availability of DBEs ready, willing, and able (by NAICS code) to perform the work anticipated to be let, using the Texas Uniform Certification Program (TUCP) maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT); 
  5. A Base Figure will be calculated using weighting;
  6. Adjustments will be taken into consideration (based on median method); and,
  7. An adjusted overall goal will be established and published on the Township’s website
  8. A public notice inviting comment will be published in local media.
Consultation: This process will be carried out in conjunction with consultation of minority, women's, and general contractor groups, community organizations, and other officials or organizations which could be expected to have information concerning the availability of disadvantaged and non- disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBEs, and the Township’s intention to establish a level playing field for the participation of DBEs in our contracting opportunities.
 
In addition, the Township will consider any current disparity study conducted in the locality and determine if any protected group under Title VI appears to be adversely underutilized and impacted by discrimination.
RECOMMENDATION:
Approve the Township's federally required Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal setting and the posting of a public notice inviting comment.

    

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