"Feature Story" piece on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, wh
"Feature Story" piece on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, which began during the Nixon administration as a mandate that all state highway and bridge construction jobs include a specified percentage of minority-owned firms as sub-contractors. Originally DBE required 4 percent women and 6 percent minorities. Today a combined 7 percent requirement is an "aspirational" goal. Penny Plourde, coordinator of civil rights for the Maine Department of Transportation, said there are legitimate reasons why a prime contractor might not be able to fulfill the goal, depending on the location and size of the job. But 7 percent is an estimation of the current combined DBE capabilities in Maine
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program
Curl, Aimee L., ""Feature Story" piece on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, wh" (2000). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 4731.
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