Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The City of Durham / GoDurham has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. The City of Durham is a recipient of Federal financial assistance from DOT through several programs of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the City of Durham has signed assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the policy of the City / GoDurham to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), as defined in 49 CFR Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy:

  1. To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  2. To create a level playing on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
  3. To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  4. To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  5. To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;
  6. To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.
  7. To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program; and
  8. To provide appropriate flexibility to recipients of Federal financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs.

The Strategic Performance & Compliance Manager has been designated as the DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO) and is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE Program.

The DBE Liaison Officer can be reached contacted at:       

Brian Fahey
Strategic Performance & Compliance Manager
City of Durham Transportation Department
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-4366, ext. 36404


DBE Program

Click here to view the City of Durham / GoDurham DBE Program (pdf)

Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2022 DBE Goal

The City of Durham / GoDurham announces a proposed overall goal of 1.4% for the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) in U.S. Department of Transportation assisted contracts until the end of the federal FY 2020-2022 (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2022).

City of Durham / GoDurham DBE Goal for FFY 2020-2022

DBE Certification

Please visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Online Certification Application Portal for more information about certifying or re-certifying as a small or disadvantaged business.