Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

Citrus Connection is a designated recipient of funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). In order for a business concern to participate in FTA assisted contracts as a DBE firm, the firm must be certified by the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP) for DBE status.

To search for DBE firms, please click here to access Florida's DBE Directory. Be sure to check the status of the firms listed in the directory as the directory also contains MBEs and OBEs. Example: UCP Cert. DBE.

Prime contractors: Please use the DBE Utilization Report Form(s) attached below to be filed with your monthly and final invoice submissions.

For a list of DBE certified contractors willing to work in the Polk County area, click here.
Also, please click here for a directory of DBE financial institutions.
DBE Applicants: Please use the form posted at the bottom of this web page.
All questions regarding its certification procedures should be directed to FDOT. Other state certified DBE firms are eligible to participate in the Citrus Connection DBE program.
Citrus Connection strives to make it a priority to include minority, small businesses, and women-owned businesses when seeking goods and services to run their daily operation. As a recipient of federal transit funds, Citrus Connection cannot (and does not) discriminate against any firm based on race, creed, color, sex or national origin. The Citrus Connection DBE Liaison manages and coordinates the overall program, which includes communicating Citrus Connection's various policies in awarding contracts. Please see below for a copy of the Citrus Connection DBE Program Policy Statement. If you need additional information or have comments regarding our DBE program, please contact:
Marcy Harrison, DBELO
Lakeland Area Mass Transit District d.b.a. Citrus Connection
1212 George Jenkins Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone: (863)-688-1302

Citrus Connection Objectives:

(a) To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the department transit financial assistance programs;
(b) To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
(c) To ensure that Citrus Connection’s DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
(d) To ensure that only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards as set forth in 49 CFR Part 26 are permitted to participate as DBEs;
(e) To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs and SBEs in DOT-assisted contracts; and
(f) To assist in the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.

Citrus Connection DBE Program 2013
DBE-Goal Methodology FY 14-16 Concurrence letter
DBE-Policy-Statement.pdf - Updated on March 18, 2013
DBE Utilization Monthly Report Form - Updated on March 2013(PDF format)
DBE Utilization Final Report Form - Updated on March 2013(PDF format)

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