Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program

Harris County has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26.  Harris County has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, Harris County has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26. Harris County has chosen to adopt the Texas Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (TXDOTDBE) Program for the purpose of implementing a DBE Program that is federally approved and compliant with 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the policy of Harris County to ensure that DBE’s, which are defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy:

The Director of the Harris County Community Services Department (HCCSD), formerly known as the Harris County Community and Economic Development Department has delegated Mr. Gene Simeon as the DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO).  In that capacity, the DBELO is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by Harris County in its financial assistance agreements with the DOT.


Harris County will disseminate this policy statement to the Commissioners Court of Harris County, Texas, and all of the components of our organization.  We will distribute this statement to DBE and non-DBE business communities that perform work for us on DOT-assisted contracts.