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Indiana Department of Transportation

INDOT > Doing Business with INDOT > Economic Opportunity > Economic Opportunity Economic Opportunity

The Division of Economic Opportunity (EOD) is responsible for maximizing contracting opportunities for disadvantaged businesses on INDOT contracts.  Economic Opportunity performs all Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification services for the state of Indiana pursuant to its Unified Certification Program.

The division also assesses DBE-owned business utilization data and ensures compliance with EEO provisions as required by INDOT contract and federal law. Economic Opportunity also administers the agency’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws. Additionally, Economic Opportunity provides managerial and technical assistance to DBE firms.

The mission of EOD is to:

  • Maximize contracting opportunities for disadvantaged businesses by certifying qualifying firms as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
  • Monitor INDOT contracts for equal employment opportunity contract compliance with state and federal laws
  • Increase the number of journey-level women and minorities in Indiana’s construction industry through the OJT Program
  • Provide education about and ensure enforcement of state and federal civil rights laws

DBE, Contract Compliance & Title VI Training

  • INDOT’s Economic Opportunity Division is hosting its annual training day on Wednesday March 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Indiana Government Center South located at 302 West Washington Street.
  • The objective of the training is to provide the contracting community with the instruction and resources to effectively carryout their contract compliance responsibilities and obligations on INDOT projects.
  • All contractors wanting to do business with INDOT should attend this valuable training.
  • Please register for the training before March 25, 2014 at noon.
  • March 26, 2014 training agenda 

EOD Sections

DBE Goal Request for RFPs Involving Federal Funding


To obtain a DBE Goal, please fill out the DBE Goal Request Form.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact David Alyea at 317-234-7843.

Important DBE News

Attention Indiana Certified DBEs,

In order to better serve you in the upcoming year, the Economic Opportunity Division at INDOT is asking you to submit an annual DBE assessment.

The information gathered from this assessment will help INDOT in our attempt to design the various workshops and outreach programs to better suit the needs of certified DBEs. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

There are many opportunities for DBE involvement in the Ohio River Bridges project. Click here for more information.

DBE Related Links  

Contact Information

Heather Kennedy
Director of Economic Opportunity  
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 234-8008
hkennedy@indot.in.gov

Derrick Casson
DBE Certification Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 233-4664
dcasson@indot.in.gov

Latosha Higgins
Title VI/ADA Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 234-6142
lhiggins@indot.in.gov

Deneane Goodson 
Administrative Assistant 
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 233-6511
dgoodson@indot.in.gov

Additional Economic Opportunity Contact Information