The Operations Team provides overall strategic planning and management of the unit to ensure program effectiveness and compliance with all applicable federal requirements. Operational management areas include, human resources, staff training, budget, facilities and project development.
Small Business and Workforce Development
The certification team coordinates the Arizona Unified Certification Program (AZ UCP) that includes ADOT, and the Cities of Phoenix and Tucson. These three agencies are responsible for the certification of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) firms, primarily made up of women and minority-owned firms, in the state of Arizona.
Currently, there are more than 1,100 firms certified in the state. The DBE Certification team also conducts annual reviews to renew DBE certifications and processes DBE certification applications for out of state DBE firms to do business in Arizona. The team also conducts outreach and recruitment to help increase the number of certified DBEs to work on transportation projects.
The DBE Supportive Services program provides business support services for DBEs and small businesses. Programs include New DBE Orientation program, Business Development Program, “Lunch and Learn” series of workshops, and Annual Conference and Expo events to educate and provide networking opportunities for small businesses to meet and build relationships with larger construction and engineering companies.
This team also coordinates one-on-one business and technical assistance and bi-monthly task force meetings with DBEs, small businesses, contractors and ADOT staff to identify and address barriers to entry and other education programs that will help small businesses successfully win and work on ADOT and local agency transportation projects.
This program works with Community Colleges, Native American Tribes and other agencies to implement Construction Academy programs to introduce and train women, minorities, veterans and economically disadvantaged individuals to work in highway construction jobs. The team provides services such as resume writing, transportation, childcare and personal protective equipment, like hard hats and tool belts, to help individual’s to gain employment entry into the highway transportation industry.
The program also helps to fund and implements a National Summer Transportation Institute summer residential program for high school juniors and seniors through at Arizona State University, Gateway and Pima Community Colleges to help introduce students to careers in the transportation industry.
The DBE compliance team monitors contract activities to help ensure ADOT and local public agencies meet federal DBE contract requirement. For example, they set DBE goals on contracts, review contractor’s efforts to meet DBE goals, and helps to ensure that DBEs, small businesses and all subcontracts are paid in a timely manner for their services.
Construction contractors are required to recruit, employ and train women, minorities, veterans and economically disadvantaged individuals on certain federally-funded highway construction projects to help these individuals reach journey-level status in a variety of highway construction crafts. The OJT Compliance team works with the construction industry to develop and monitor participation in these programs.
The EEO Team conducts evaluations and onsite reviews of construction contractors working on federal-aid contracts. Specifically, they help ensure that construction contractors provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and do not discriminate in the selection, hiring and treatment of its workforce that are employed to work on federally-funded contracts.
Technology and Federal Reporting
The Technology and Federal Reporting team develops and manages websites, and data systems to report BECO program results to ADOT and the United Stated Department of Transportation. These include, Business Coach on Demand, AZ UTRACS, the ADOT and LPA DBE Systems, and Slido. They coordinate with many other ADOT departments and local public agencies to collect required information. They do this by preparing reports that are submitted monthly, semi-annually and annually to the federal highway, transit and aviation departments.