A 23 Year ‘Overnight Success’ – LGBT Businesses Poised to ‘Move California Forward’
On April 28, 2017 California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) which was entitled the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. That established a $54 Billion fund over the next decade to improve and maintain California’s transportation infrastructure. Many of us know SB 1 as the ‘Gas Tax Measure.’ As is many times the case – SB 1 wasn’t enough so on July 21, 2017 Governor Brown signed a budget trailer bill, SB 103, which required Caltrans to develop an outreach plan to increase procurement opportunities for small businesses associated the $54 Billion that will be spent over the next ten years.
On February 11, 2019 Caltrans released to the public their report and within its pages outlines the historic inclusion of LGBT businesses! This marks the first time in the history of the United States that a State Department of Transportation has included LGBT businesses in its official procurement programs. This is no ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (known as a MOU which can be quickly rescinded when a new Governor comes into office). SB 103 mandates that Caltrans must report to the State Legislature on an annual basis the actual spend with, and activities related to, LGBT businesses.
If your business would like to learn more about potential opportunities with Caltrans, its regional transportation authorities and related agencies please contact Michelle Burkart, GGBA member, firstname.lastname@example.org