Monday, November 13, 2017

From the Director: ADOT brings jobs and benefits to the small-business community


By John Halikowski 
ADOT Director 

Did you know the Arizona Department of Transportation has programs to help small, minority-owned or woman-owned businesses perform work on transportation projects? The programs are operated through our Business Engagement and Compliance Office or BECO, which is celebrating its fifth year within ADOT.

Small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses are referred to as disadvantaged business enterprises or DBEs. There are more than 1,100 DBE firms certified in Arizona. This year, more than 12 percent of federal highway transportation dollars have been awarded to these firms. This type of contract work means jobs and benefits for small businesses, which are a vital part of the state’s economy. It is making transportation personal.

BECO is required to submit data on a yearly basis to the Federal Highway Administration. This data reflects how well our programs are meeting the needs of DBEs and the small business community. Because of the success of our programs being offered through BECO and the outreach we do, Arizona is recognized as a national leader.

I commend our BECO staff for their commitment to providing quality programs that support small businesses and DBEs in being able to work in the transportation industry. ADOT is indeed bringing jobs and benefits to the small business community.

To learn more about BECO and the programs offered, visit


   This post originally appeared on ADOT Director John Halikowski's 
   LinkedIn page. He has led the agency since 2009.


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Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.