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DDOT Announces the 2015 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Summit and Networking Symposium

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Registration is open until May 18, 2015

Media Contact
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, (202) 671-0624;

(Washington, DC)  – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the D.C. Division of the Federal Highway Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the 5th Annual 2015 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Summit and Networking Symposium on May 21, 2015. This year, the keynote speaker is the District’s Congressional Delegate, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. 

The summit is an opportunity for DDOT and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority-certified DBE firms and other small business enterprises to learn about upcoming federal-assisted business opportunities. It will also offer a chance for attendees to network with highway construction-related prime contractors, civil architectural and engineering firms, DDOT’s project managers and other DBE firms and small businesses within the transportation industry. Participants may also attend industry-related concurrent workshops. 

This year’s summit features an added workshop called “Contract Basics,” which will offer business tips to help DBE firms build a successful bid package. It will also feature legal experts who will discuss contract compliance, project close outs and disputes.

Although the DBE summit is free, advanced registration is required because space is limited.

What:            2015 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Summit and Networking Symposium

Who:             Mayor Muriel Bowser
                      Christopher Lawson, D.C. Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
                      Leif Dormsjo, Director, District Department of Transportation                                            

When:           Thursday, May 21, 2015

        9 am – 4:30 pm

Where:          The Kellogg Conference Center, Gallaudet University
                      800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC  20002

Advanced registration is required by May 18, 2015 at the following link,

For more information about registration, please contact Stacee Hemby at or call (202) 271-7406.

For information about DDOT’s Office of Civil Rights, please visit

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, activities, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related statutes.

In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code sec. 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in a violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

If you need special accommodations please contact Cesar Barreto at 202-671-2829 or 72 hours in advance of the meeting.  If you need language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Karen Randolph at 202-671-2620 or 72 hours in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

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