More inclusive playing field needed for contractors of color, business leader and activist says

State, county and city officials say they are working hard to improve diversity numbers

When the U.S. Department of Transportation began asking federal, state and local governments to meet goals under its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, the idea was to increase the number of women and minority-owned businesses competing for federally funded transportation contracts.

While the federal government has largely been meeting its own DBE goals since implementing the program in 1983 – spreading its contract dollars almost evenly to an assortment of minority and women-owned firms – the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is failing to meet its DBE goals in a truly inclusive manner, according to Ugo Nwagbaraocha, president and owner of Milwaukee-based Diamond Discs International and head of the National Association of Minority Contractors Wisconsin chapter....


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