Civil Rights Bureau

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DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) PROGRAM

2021 - Annual DBE Conference

Join us for the all-day annual DBE conference held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Des Moines on November 3!
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DBE Goal Setting Meetings typically take place on the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. central time. These meetings establish the DBE goals for the following month’s letting.

For additional information call 515-239-1427 or e-mail questions to dot.civilrights@iowadot.us


2021 - 2023 Approved DBE Goal Methodology

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The Iowa DOT takes affirmative action to ensure that Disadvantaged business enterprises have the maximum practical opportunity to get Iowa DOT contracts for construction, professional and technical service. The Iowa DOT also has taken specific steps to ensure there is no discrimination in the awarding and administering of contracts. The attached DBE Program Plan has been submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for approval.

The DBE Program, which has been developed under the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) policies, is administered by the Civil Rights Bureau.

Authority for the department's DBE Program is derived from, but is not limited to:

  • Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and any amendments.
  • Executive Order 11625 and any amendments.
  • Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
  • 49 CFR Part 26 of the Federal Register and any amendments.

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Iowa DOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other nondiscrimination statutes. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Iowa DOT Civil Rights at 515-239-1111 or by email at civil.rights@iowadot.us.