© 2020 Alaska DOT&PF DBE Disparity Study
Business Owner Participation
All State of Alaska business owners and professional organizations, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or DBE certification status, are strongly encouraged to participate in the study. This includes primes, vendors, subcontractors, subconsultants, and suppliers that have done business with, or attempted to do business with, prime firms that submit bids, quotes, or proposals for Alaska DOT&PF contracts. Your comments and/or recommendations may be used to modify the Department’s existing procurement policies, including the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.
Public Engagement Meetings
MGT Consulting Group will host two telephone town halls to present the Study’s objectives and gather input from business owners on their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business, with the Alaska DOT&PF or their prime vendors. These meetings will be open to the public and all are invited. Input gathered during the public engagement meetings and any written comments will be analyzed as the basis for recommendations to improve the Department’s DBE Program.
MGT has partnered with Telephone Town Hall Meeting (TTHM) and Donaldson Enterprises to assist with collecting and analyzing anecdotal information during the course of the study. The second call-in virtual meeting will be June 19 at 9 am AKDT. Please register for the second meeting on June 19 here: https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/alaska-dotpf-disparity-study-townhall-meeting/.
On the day of the event, if you experience a dropped call, please use the following number to call back: 1-877-353-4701.
Interviews, Surveys, and Direct Input
Businesses in all procurement categories and ethnic classifications will be randomly selected and invited to participate in in-depth interviews and business surveys. The interviews are opportunities for businesses to have one-on-one discussions with the MGT team regarding their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business, with the Department or primes contracted by the Department. The business surveys gather information on business demographics, capacity, and experiences doing business with the Alaska DOT&PF.
At any point during the study, business owners, both DBE and non-DBE, may submit their comments regarding their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business, with the Alaska DOT&PF by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving comments via the Disparity Study website. Input submitted via email or the website is confidential and directed to the consultant team only.