The DBE program was implemented to remedy past and current discrimination in contracting and procurement opportunities for disadvantaged businesses. It serves to create equal opportunity for those DBE firms doing business with the City of Tucson on projects receiving federal financial assistance.
The City of Tucson receives federal financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Certified DBE firms are eligible to participate in these City of Tucson administered contracts.
Certified businesses/firms will qualify to meet subcontracting goals for U.S. Department of Transportation-assisted construction projects.
Certified businesses/firms will be listed in the UCP Directory, which is used by governmental, public, and private procurement entities soliciting bids on projects.
To participate in the Arizona Unified Certification Program, a business must be certified or must obtain certification as a disadvantaged business through the City of Tucson, City of Phoenix, or ADOT.
A firm must be a minority or woman-owned business; or owned by a majority owner who can demonstrate social and economic disadvantage.
The disadvantaged owner must own at least 51% of the business enterprise.
The disadvantaged owner must manage, operate, and control the managerial and daily operational functions of the firm.
How to Participate
Complete the UCP certification application and provide the required documents.
An audit of the documentation will be conducted to determine preliminary eligibility.
An on-site visit/review by a UCP Specialist will be performed to determine program compliance and eligibility.
Once eligibility is determined and all program requirements are met a certificate of participation will be issued.