Title VI/Civil Rights/ADA/DBE

The Lee MPO assures that no person shall on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, family or religious status, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 and the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination or retaliation under any program or activity. For complaints, questions, or concerns about civil rights or nondiscrimination, or for special requests under the American with Disabilities Act, please contact Calandra Barraco, Title VI Coordinator at (239) 330-2243 or cbarraco@leempo.com.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Calandra Barraco with the Lee County MPO at 239-330-2243 or by email at cbarraco@leempo.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired call (800) 955-8770 Voice / (800) 955-8771 TDD.  The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes.  Any person or beneficiary who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or familial status may file a complaint with the Lee County MPO Title VI Coordinator, Calandra Barraco, at 239-330-2243, or in writing at P.O. Box 150045, Cape Coral, Florida 33915-0045.

Se solicita la participación del público sin importar la raza, el color, la nacionalidad, la edad, el género, la religión, la discapacidad o la situación familiar. Las personas que requieran acomodaciones especiales conforme a la Ley de Americanos con Discapacidades o las personas que requieran servicios de traducción (gratuitos) deben comunicarse con Calandra Barraco, Coordinador de Título VI al 239-330-2243 o cbarraco@leempo.com  al menos siete días antes de la reunión. Las personas con deficiencias auditivas deben llamar al 1-800-955-8770 (TDD).

    Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

It is Lee MPO’s policy to encourage all qualified businesses to actively participate in the procurement of all Lee MPO-sponsored contracts. The Lee MPO does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, military status or disability. The Lee MPO has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 49 CFR, Part 26 (as it may be amended from time to time). You are encouraged to comment on the current DBE Program.

    DBE Program Description

It is the Lee MPO’s policy to ensure that disadvantaged (DBE) and small (SBE) businesses, as defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in USDOT-assisted contracts. It is also the Lee MPO’s policy to:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts;
  • Create a level playing field on which DBE/SBEs can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts;
  • Ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  • Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR, part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of DBE/SBEs in USDOT-assisted contracts; and
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.

The Lee MPO’s current DBE participation goal is for 10.65 percent of federal funds allocated through USDOT-assisted contracts in the region to be expended with DBEs.  Qualified DBE’s may be found through the DBE Directories of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT): http://www3b.dot.state.fl.us/EqualOpportunityOfficeBusinessDirectory/ (opens new window)

The current Lee MPO Title VI Policy and Assurances as well as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Utilization Policy can be found as an appendix to the current Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) at the following link – Lee MPO UPWP (opens new window)