The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), as the designated recipient of Federal and State funding for transportation planning and program administration for the Valley Transit District, has prepared a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and established a DBE Goal. NVCOG, In accordance with US Department of Transportation Regulations 49 CFR Part 26, announces a proposed Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 8 percent for Federal Fiscal Years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The DBE Program and Goal is designed to: (1) ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts; (2) create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts; (3) ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law; (4) ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs; (5) help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts; (6) assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.

The public is welcome and encouraged to review and comment on the Draft Plan. The Draft Plan is available online at and and at the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments offices located at the 49 Leavenworth Street, 3rd Floor, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702 and at the Valley Transit District (VTD) located at 41 Main Street, Derby, Connecticut 06418.

The proposed goal and its rationale are available for public review for the next 30 days during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this period, the Draft Plan will be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the NVCOG offices and Valley Transit District offices. Written comments should be sent to Mark Pandolfi, Transit Capital Administrator, Valley Transit District, 41 Main Street, Derby, Connecticut 06418 (203) 735-6824 or FAX (203) 735-0277, or via email at