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DOT hosts Small Business Day

As the former mayor of one our nation’s fastest-growing cities, I know from firsthand experience that small businesses are the heart of our local economies. Small businesses create new jobs and they invest the money they make back into the communities they serve. 

At the same time, we know that transportation is one of our greatest avenues for growth and competitiveness. 

And when we can bring the two together--small businesses and transportation projects--that's a powerful one-two combination for jobs and economic vitality.

Photo of small and disadvantaged business owners meeting with D.O.T. procurement officials
Harnassing the power of two engines for growth--small businesses and transportation.

DOT, COMTO working together for a level playing field

The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials has a simple goal: seeing the diverse faces of America equally reflected in all levels of the transportation industry. And since 1971, COMTO has worked hard to ensure a level playing field and greater participation for minority individuals and businesses in transportation.

The Department of Transportation shares a similar commitment to fair treatment and improved access to opportunity for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and workers. Yesterday, at COMTO's 42nd National Meeting and Training Conference, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Deputy Federal Rail Administrator Karen Hedlund reaffirmed that commitment.

As Administrator Rogoff said, "One of the best things we can do for the future of transportation is to make sure everyone has the ability to take advantage of opportunities in transportation today and in the future."