Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program


State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA) hereby notifies the public that it does not expect to award more than $250,000 in FTA funds in prime contracts its fiscal years 2021 through 2023 and therefore is not required to update the DBE goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in Federal Transit Administration assisted contracts. USDOT 49 C.F.R. § 26.45(a).

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Cathy Gesick

State Road and Tollway Authority
245 Peachtree Center Avenue NE,
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30303

Federal Transit Administration

FTA Region IV Civil Rights Officer
230 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30303

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

SRTA is committed to carrying out all applicable requirements as contained in 49 CFR Part 26, “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises In Department of Transportation Programs”, and continues to encourage DBE participation in SRTA contracting opportunities.

Doing Business with SRTA as a DBE/Small Business

To provide our services, we rely on a broad range of contractors and suppliers who work with us through the procurement process. The goods and services we purchase are crucial to providing safe, reliable transportation for our customers.
Goods and services purchased by SRTA encompass a wide range of items. We encourage small businesses owned by minorities and women to pursue contracts to compete for SRTA business.
To make it easier for you to do business with SRTA, we’ve prepared this website area to explain our procurement process system, and let you know how we select our vendors.

What do we buy? Whom do we buy it from?

Like any company we purchase everything from office supplies to tolling equipment. We buy from small businesses and large corporations.

Is selling to SRTA difficult?

SRTA procurement process is easy once you learn the system. Each contract is detailed and contains specific requirements that vendors must meet.

How can I learn about upcoming bid opportunities?

To reach as many potential vendors as possible, SRTA uses the Georgia Procurement Registry at http://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/ as its primary source for advertising. You can also get the information you need from this website by clicking on the “Doing Business with SRTA” button at the bottom of every page.

What are the criteria for obtaining certification?

The eligibility requirements as a DBE or M/WBE by SRTA are similar. To be eligible for certification under either federal or state program, your firm will be required to submit documentation showing it is an ongoing independent business enterprise that is owned, operated, and controlled by a “socially and economically disadvantaged” individual (for DBEs) or by a “minority group member” or a woman (for M/WBEs). Generally, your business should have been in operation for at least a year.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is the DBE certification agency for the State of Georgia. DBE certification is also provided by MARTA for those counties within the MARTA jurisdiction. If your business is not located in Georgia, you may wish to get certification in your home state. This may accelerate the certification process with GDOT.

How does DBE or M/WBE Certification help get business?

Based on federal and state guidelines, the Division may set goals for participation of these vendors on a contract. When a contract is ready for bid, SRTA identifies available qualified DBE and M/WBE vendors and sends a list to the venders seeking bids.

SRTA Procurement Department

Staci Winston, Director
Procurement and Contracts
245 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE,
Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30303-1426
Phone: 404-893-6130
Fax: (770) 357-1839
Email: [email protected]

Minority Business Program

The requirements of 49 CFR Part 26, Regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, apply to FTA-funded contracts. It is SRTA’s policy to practice nondiscrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin in the award or performance of this contract.
As an incentive to increase utilization of minority-owned businesses as subcontractors on State purchases, the State of Georgia provides for an income tax adjustment on the state tax return of any company that subcontracts with a State certified minority-owned firm to furnish goods, property, or services to the State of Georgia, including SRTA. The Tax Incentive Program is codified at O.C.G.A. §48-7-38 and is managed by the Georgia Department of Revenue.
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