The Why and How of Disparity Studies. Insight for Economic Development – Inclusive Business Initiative Lessons from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Quick overview of what happened?. A Road Less Traveled (aka why did this happen to us?).
Insight for Economic Development – Inclusive Business Initiative
Lessons from the Washington State Department of Transportation
Several states were impacted by the Western States Paving Decision.
Many of the states have either conducted or are in the process of conducting disparity studies:
Alaska Study in progress which includes airports. Currently operating RN at half of RC goal. Study not complete yet.
California Study completed in 2007. Requesting a waiver to exclude Hispanics.
Have received challenges about study from various groups. Not approved yet.
Idaho Study recommended a 10.5% RN goal with more focus on DBE Support Services. Evaluating study recommendations. Not approved yet.
Montana Montana Study draft was to be completed by April 2008. Delays due to data collection issues.
Nevada Study completed in 2007 resulting in a 5.7% RN goal. Not approved yet. NVDOT doesn’t set FAA goals.
McCarran Airport in Las Vegas is doing their own study.
Oregon Study completed in 2007. Waiver requested for RC goals fro African Americans and Asians at 1% for each group in construction only. Port of Portland doing Study. Not approved yet.
Washington Completed Availability Analysis in 2005. 18.77% overall goal (14.07% RC) Goal methodology & study approved. Looking for funding for next disparity study.
Hawaii Currently conducting a disparity study and have experienced delays due to collection issues.
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