Business Development

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a comprehensive program, developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which established guidelines for the participation of firms owned and operated by socially and economically disadvantaged persons in DOT-assisted contracting.

As a major provider of public transportation and whose employees have extensive daily contact with the public, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) recognizes its responsibility to the community which it serves and is committed to a policy of non-discrimination.

DBE Program Objectives

  • To create a level playing field on which such firms can compete fairly for JTA contracts;
  • To ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To increase participation of qualified firms that are owned, operated and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To help remove present and past barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To ensure that the Department’s DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBE firms; and
  • To assist in the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program.

For Fiscal Years 2017-2019, JTA intends to expend at least 19.27% of its total DOT-assisted expenditures with qualified DBE firms.

Workforce Development Initiative

  • As part of the JTAMobilityWorks projects, the JTA has established a program that will match labor needs with a training resources for each contract awarded.
  • The JTA will partner with contractors to identify areas of labor opportunities for each project and develop a workforce utilization plan that will connect those jobs with agencies providing trained labor.
  • The JTA has hired an industry expert that will work with each prime contractor to identify specific labor needs for each contract. Those needs will be matched with training agencies. Each contractor will receive a template for the workforce utilization plan that they will be responsible for preparing.
  • The successful contractor will be required to report labor utilization statistics. Forms and assistance will be provided by the JTA to establish and maintain the reporting data.
  • Subcontractors may be required to participate in the workforce utilization program. It will be up to each prime contractor and the requirements and goals of the plan developed for that specific contract to make that decision.
  • Each prime contractor will have to participate and develop a workforce utilization plan, maintaining labor statistics and reports on a quarterly basis. The JTA will render assistance in the plan development for each contract, providing forms, job training, resource agencies and a template for the program document. A program plan will be a pass/fail requirement for each contract. Each contractor must meet the good faith standards to comply with the goal.

Local Preference Program

What are the qualifications to be considered a local business?
Company has a local office in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau or Baker counties for at least 12 months
Three or more employees residing in those counties at the time of the bid/proposal submission

What is the Preference?
The preference will be described in the Bid Documents. Typically, 5% will be deducted from a Local Business Bid Price when determining the low bidder and, if applicable, five points may be added to score. This will also be used as a tie-breaker.

How do I apply?
The Bid Documents will include directions and forms. Typically, written evidence of office location and employee affidavits will be required to be provided to JTA Procurement in advance of the bid opening date. All questions should be directed to JTA Procurement.

Is the preference used on all contracts?
No. Only those funded solely with local funds and when expressly described in the Bid Documents.

Are there other ownership or size requirements to be a Local Business?
No. Any local business regardless of race or gender of ownership and regardless of size may apply.

Do local businesses have to comply with all other contract terms, even if the business is known to JTA?
Yes. All standard contracting terms that are included in the Bid Documents will apply to contracts with local businesses, including DBE.

​Business Development Academy

  • For the first time in its history – JTA offered the first annual Business Development Academy in January 2015.
  • This training was designed to better prepare professional, technical and construction consultants and contractors on critical processes and business development.
  • Each session was presented by subject matter experts including transportation industry professionals and transit technicians.
  • Seminar One - January 13, 2015 - Bonding, Wrap Up Insurance, Worker’s Compensation, Safety and Financial Management - 60+ firms in attendance
  • Seminar Two - January 20, 2015 - Bidding, Estimating, Scheduling and Certified Payroll - 50+ firms were in attendance
  • Seminar Three - January 27, 2015 - Negotiating Contracts, Compliance, Building Relationships, Teaming and Marketing – 50+ firms were in attendance
  • Future seminars will be held according to the needs of the small and disadvantaged business community.





​Ken Middleton
Diversity & Equity Program Manager
(904) 598-8728

Diane Hansen
DBE/Diversity Specialist
(904) 632-5221

Anita McGoogin
DBE/Diversity Specialist
(904) 632-3816