October 24, 2014
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Department of Transportation has
made it a goal to allot nearly six percent of federal road funding to minority and women-owned businesses.
NDOT received the order from the Federal Highway Administration in a May 5 letter.
Roc Stacey, NDOT's contract compliance division manager, says the agency hasn't had diversity goals for projects for several years. He says the state thought it could achieve the 6 percent mark through its normal bidding process, but that hasn't been the case.
If the state isn't in compliance with the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program it could lose federal funding.
The program is designed to help small and minority-owned businesses compete with the larger contractors.