The Massachusetts Port Authority (hereinafter referred to as “Massport”), has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) Program (the “Program” or the “DBE Program”) in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (the “Department” or “DOT”), 49 Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”) Part 26, as such regulations may be amended from time to time (the “Regulations”). Massport owns and operates Boston-Logan International Airport (“Logan Airport”), Laurence G. Hanscom Field (“Hanscom Field”) and Worcester Regional Airport (“Worcester Regional Airport”). Massport is the recipient of federal Airport Improvement Program funds and has signed airport grant assurances that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of Massport to ensure that DBEs as defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT assisted contracts. It is also Massport’s policy:
- To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts;
- To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted contracts;
- To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with the Regulations and other applicable law;
- To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
- To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts;
- To promote the use of DBEs in all types of federally assisted contracts and procurement activities;
- To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program; and
- To provide appropriate flexibility to Massport in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs.