Section 106-688; Res. 248-05; Adopting the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and directing its implementation

Council Bill No.          R 248-05          


adopting the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and directing its implementation.

    WHEREAS, the City of Columbia is the recipient of federal Department of Transportation grant funds; and

    WHEREAS, the City is committed to affirmative action and has adopted an Affirmative Action Plan; and

    WHEREAS, it is the policy of the United States Department of Transportation that disadvantaged business enterprises, as defined in DOT CFR Part 26, shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed, in whole or in part, with federal funds and that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise discriminated against in connection with the awarding and performance of any contract covered under DOT CFR 49 Part 26 on grounds of race, color, national origin or sex; and

    WHEREAS, the City of Columbia’s DBE program has been approved by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration.


    SECTION 1.    The City Council hereby adopts the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and incorporated herein by reference.  The City Manager shall implement this program in accordance with Department of Transportation 49 CFR Part 26 and all other applicable local, state or federal regulations.

    SECTION 2.    The City Manager may delegate to an Assistant City Manager the duties of DBE Liaison Officer in regards to the administration and reporting responsibilities of this program.

    SECTION 3.    The City Clerk is hereby directed to have a copy of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program distributed to each department director and to make a copy available for the review of any employee.  Upon written request, a copy of the program shall also be made available to all local and regional disadvantaged contractors and business development organizations, Department of Transportation and appropriate modal agencies such as the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, Civil Rights Offices of appropriate agencies, the local office of the Small Business Administration, and any other agencies or persons concerned with disadvantaged business development.

    ADOPTED this 7th day of November, 2005.