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2015 Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Disparity Study

Welcome to the 2015 Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Disparity Study web page. This page provides information about:

  • Disparity study background and purpose;
  • Disparity study progress and next steps; and
  • How you can actively engage in the disparity study process.

Please make use of the informational links that can be found at the bottom of each page in this section.

Background

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) is part of a consortium that has retained BBC Research & Consulting (BBC) to conduct a disparity study that will provide information to help each participating entity implement the Federal Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The study includes analyses of the participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in prime contracts and subcontracts that each participating entity awarded during the study period (Oct 1, 2010 through Sept 30, 2014). Other members of the consortium include Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTCSNV), Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTCWC), and McCarran International Airport (McCarran). For the purposes of the study, those agencies and institutions are referred to as “participating entities."

In addition, RTAA operates the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for certain United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)-funded contracts. RTAA can use information from the study to refine future implementations of the Federal DBE Program.

The study kicked off in August 2015 and is expected to be complete by October 31, 2016. For details about the study schedule, click here.

Purpose of the study

The 2015 RTAA Disparity Study will include a comprehensive analysis of:

  • The percentage of total transportation-related construction and professional services contract dollars that minority- and women-owned businesses received on prime contracts and subcontracts between Oct 1, 2010 and Sept 30, 2014 (referred to as utilization);
  • The percentage of dollars that those businesses would be expected to receive based on their availability to perform work on such prime contracts and subcontracts (referred to as availability);
  • Any differences between the participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in relevant contracts and the availability of those businesses to perform that work (referred to as disparities);
  • Legal considerations surrounding implementation of each RTAA’s Federal DBE Program;
  • Marketplace conditions for minorities, women, and minority- and women-owned businesses;
  • Contracting practices and assistance programs that RTAA currently has in place; and
  • Potential program measures that RTAA could consider implementing as part of its implementation of the federal DBE program or other small business programs.

Key Contacts

If you have any questions or comments regarding the 2015 RTAA Disparity Study, please contact:

Faith Allen
Capital Improvements & Grant Coordinator
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
2001 E. Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89502
Email: fallen@renoairport.com
Phone: (775) 328-6979

Study Progress

RTAA will provide regular updates about recently completed milestones and next steps throughout the course of the disparity study. Please check back periodically for those updates.

Recent Milestones

Project initiation. RTAA and the BBC study team initiated the 2015 Disparity Study in an August 2015 meeting in Las Vegas. The study team met with representatives from RTAA to introduce the study and to answer questions. For materials that the study team presented during the project initiation meeting, click here.

Utilization data collection. BBC began working with RTAA in late August 2015 to collect data on contracts that were awarded during the study period and on vendors that participated in those contracts.

Next Steps

Continue utilization data collection. The BBC study team will continue to work with RTAA to collect data on transportation-related construction and professional services contracts that participating entities awarded during the study period.

Begin utilization data analysis. The study team will begin analyzing utilization data in late 2015. BBC’s analysis will examine the percentage of total transportation-related construction and professional services contract dollars that minority- and women-owned businesses received on prime contracts and subcontracts during the study period.

Availability surveys. BBC will begin conducting availability surveys in late 2015. For RTAA, the study team will attempt to contact all businesses in the “relevant geographic market area” that perform work that is relevant to the entity’s transportation-related construction and professional services contracts. The study team will collect information that is relevant to determining each business’ availability for the entity’s work, such as primary line of work; geographic scope of services; and qualifications and interest in working for the RTAA. The surveys will also collect information about business characteristics such as revenue, size, and race/ethnicity, and gender of ownership.


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