Small Business Networking – DBEs and Involvement with the Allegheny County Airport Authority
What is a DBE?
DBE stands for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. It is defined as a small business owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual.
Why is the DBE program important?
The DBE Program was created in 1983 to eliminate discrimination in federally funded projects. Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 26 sets forth the guidelines and requirements of the federal DBE Program for the airport.
The program ensures non-discrimination in awarding airport contracts and promotes use of DBE’s in all federally-assisted contracts.
DBE Goals for the Terminal Modernization Program
The Allegheny County Airport Authority has set a goal for 14% of construction contracts to be awarded to DBEs. However, that percentage is the floor, not the ceiling and the Airport Authority is taking initiative to do business with as many local companies and DBEs as possible.
There have been four Industry Days conducted at Pittsburgh International Airport which specifically targeted local DBE’s interested in working at the airport on the TMP project and other ongoing projects. Hundreds attended each event.
Our first-ever Vendor Product Pitch Fair held August 27, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center was a great success! Thanks to the 130 companies who attended to pitch their products for possible use in the new terminal and multi-modal complex.
See Upcoming Opportunities
To view other upcoming events, visit our event calendar. EVENT CALENDAR >
To see DBEs currently working on the program, view the full list of subcontractors. SUBCONTRACTORS >
Past DBE Events
Meet the Primes Presentation – July 25, 2019
Small Business Networking – Aug. 8, 2019
DBE Bonding Series: Capacity Building Program – October 15-November 19, 2019
Are you Ready to do Business with the Airport Authority? – October 24, 2019
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