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Workforce Opportunities

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises & Workforce Training Program

ODOT is increasing opportunities for a diverse workforce, providing economic benefits for and intentionally engaging with the African American community and communities of color.

For the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, ODOT is changing the way it does business by setting goals and working to achieve values-based outcomes on how the project will contract with minority-owned Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and engage with the community. 

Our Construction Manager\General Contractor, Hamilton Sundt a Joint Venture in association with Raimore Construction, has joined us early on in the process to maximize these opportunities. For more information on DBE construction opportunities, contact Bill Bruce at

ODOT employee working on a construction project for I-5 paving from Woodburn to Salem in May 2019.

Create and spur more wealth development among local minority contractors.

  • ​Build the capacity of minority businesses for current and future projects.

  • Build capacity in local underrepresented populations to meet local construction workforce needs.

  • Further minority businesses’ expertise to be successful with project subcontracting opportunities.

  • Increase local underrepresented populations skills/access to construction trades.

  • Provide technical assistance and certification for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms and workforce providers to access underrepresented local populations.

  • Provide new opportunities and facilitate new relationships between minority subcontractors and primes.

  • Maximize trade opportunities at all levels for local minorities as part of the Project.

  • Enhance relationships between ODOT/City of Portland and the local minority business community.

  • Constitute a DBE/On-the-Job Training (OJT) Advisory Committee of local community members to provide recommendations DBE/ OJT project development.​

Resources for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) include small businesses that are at least 51% owned by:

  • Minorities: Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Island Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans
  • Women and other individuals on a case-by-case basis

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