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January 2008

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DBE Contracting Update
January 2008
Volume 5, No. 1

Contact information

Newsletter content & issues:
Daniel Yeh
WisDOT Office of Policy, Budget & Finance
PO box 7910
Madison, WI  53707-7910
(608) 266-2753

WisDOT DBE Support Services:
Michele Carter
WisDOT DBE Support Services Office
6150 W Fond du Lac Ave.
Milwaukee, WI  53218
(414) 438-4583

On the Web

WisDOT efforts aimed at tapping local businesses and workers for US 41

Many drivers consider US 41 to be "Main Street" in northeast Wisconsin. It links manufacturers from Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh to national distribution routes. It delivers tourists from Milwaukee, Chicago and other areas to cabins, lakes and casinos. In all, the highway handles more than 80,000 vehicles a day in some parts, a figure that is expected to increase to nearly 130,000 vehicles a day by the year 2035. (more...)

I-94 North-South Corridor design contract includes 24% DBE share

WisDOT recently signed a preliminary design contract with Milwaukee Transportation Partners for the I-94 North-South Corridor that includes a 24% share for DBE firms. (more...)

Partnering for Employment Workshops focus on connections

WisDOT and the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association are again teaming to offer two sessions of the Partnering for Employment in Highway Construction Workshop in 2008:  (more...)

2007 DBE Annual Conference & Golden Shovel Awards

WisDOT honored the multi-cultural outreach consultants for the Marquette Interchange Project at the 2007 Golden Shovel Awards.  Pictured from left are Kim Haas, Haas Media; Shannon Novotny, Versant; Martha Love, Martha Love & Associates; Nancy Hernandez, Abrazo Multicultural Marketing & Communications; David Murphy, Versant; Laura Goranson, Goranson Group; and Beth Nicols, BID 21.WisDOT Secretary Frank Busalacchi presented 18 Golden Shovel Awards at the DBE Annual Conference on December 13, 2007. The awards honored both firms and individuals for outstanding performance on outreach work and other projects.  (more...)