DBE/D&I RESOURCES

DBE/D&I RESOURCES

The Brent Spence Bridge Project Team is Committed to Diversity and Inclusivity in Workforce and Business Engagement.

The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor (BSBC) project team wants to ensure this massive project benefits everyone and is reflective of the richly diverse region it will serve. As planning concludes and the real work begins, there will be continuous opportunities for businesses and individuals to become involved in this $3.6 billion project. From construction to catering, this transformative project requires a cast of thousands and will directly impact countless Greater Cincinnati businesses and workers. 

The BSBC Project will follow the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) requirements. These requirements are in place to promote fairness and equity in the awarding of government contracts and to provide opportunities for businesses owned by individuals who have traditionally been underrepresented in their industries. The DBE program is intended to promote a level playing field for small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women. D&I requirements aim to ensure that businesses working on federally funded transportation projects reflect the communities they serve, which helps create a more inclusive economy and promotes access to opportunities for all. 

That said, it is the intent of the project team to do everything possible to go well beyond federal DBE and D&I requirements. The people who bring this transformation to life should hold up a mirror to the people it will serve for years to come. After all, D&I isn’t just about making things fair. It has been proven time and again that promoting diversity and inclusion leads to increased innovation, creativity, and problem-solving. A diverse workforce and diverse contractors bring unique perspectives and experiences — experiences that can lead to more effective and efficient results. 

To make this happen, the project team has established a Diversity & Inclusion Outreach advisory committee to connect and engage with DBE and D&I-related companies. Over the course of the multi-year project, the committee members will attend related regional events, host networking events to connect these businesses with participating contractors, develop materials designed to help the process flow smoothly, and more.  

Visit these links to learn more about the steps needed to become a part of the team and sign up to be included on communications about networking events and opportunities.

To learn about specific opportunities with the Design-Build Team, visit Walsh Kokosing Design-Build Team or email [email protected].

UPCOMING EVENTS

Construction Student Association – University of Cincinnati
April 18, 2024

Small Business Transportation Resource Center – Bonding Education Program Info Session
April 23, 2024 | 2 – 3 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

ACI Construction Career Days
May 8 – 9, 2024
Warren County Fairgrounds

NAWIC Meeting
May 14, 2024

Hamilton County Small Business Day
May 22, 2024 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sharonville Convention Center

PAST EVENTS

Tri-State DBE Meeting
April 26, 2023
Virtual Meeting

Allied Construction Industries Construction Career Event
May 1 – 3, 2023
Butler County Fairgrounds

Ohio MBE Diverse Expo
June 21, 2023 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

DBE Certification Workshop in the Transportation Industry
July 27, 2023 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

City of Cincinnati DEI’s Business Enterprise Expo
Sept. 29, 2023
Duke Energy Convention Center

DACC Minority Business Partnership
January 25, 2024

DBE Certification and SBDC Business Support Services
January 30, 2024 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Hamilton County Small Business Development Center

Tri-State Quality in Concrete Construction Workshop
February 8, 2024 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cintas Center

OCA Conference
February 27, 2024 | 2 p.m.
Columbus Hyatt

Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council Annual Meeting
March 14, 2024
Dayton, OH

Greater Cincinnati Transportation Construction Workshop-Networking Event
March 20, 2024 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Ohio Civil Rights Transportation Symposium
April 9, 2024
Newark, OH

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION OUTREACH COMMITTEE MATERIALS