Escambia County Area Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Policy Statement
Objectives/Policy Statement Section 26.1, 26.23
Escambia County Area Transit has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. Escambia County Area Transit has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation and as a condition of receiving this assistance Escambia County Area Transit has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of Escambia County Area Transit to ensure that DBEs as defined in part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT–assisted contracts. It is also our policy:
- To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT – assisted contracts;
- To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
- To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
- To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
- To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts;
- To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.
The ECAT Grant Manager is designated as the DBE Liaison Officer. In that capacity, she is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by Escambia County Area Transit in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.
DBE Contact Information
For more information on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program or to become DBE certified, please contact ECAT’s DBE Liaison Officer.
ECAT DBE Liaison Officer:
Colette Wiedeman, Grant Manager
1515 West Fairfield Drive
Pensacola, Florida, 32501
ECAT DBE Information