Delaware joins Equity in Infrastructure Project

March 11, 2023

Delaware Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski recently joined Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Carlos Monje and Department of Transportation officials from four other states to sign the Equity in Infrastructure Project pledge.

The project was created to improve public contracting practices by creating more opportunities for historically underutilized businesses to build generational wealth and reduce the racial wealth gap by creating more prime, joint venture and equity contracting opportunities for these firms.

Pledge signers will work to increase the number, size and percentage of HUBs growing to prime contractors, participating in joint ventures or as equity participants by December 2025. A total of 13 states have now signed the EIP pledge.

Historically underutilized businesses include firms designated as disadvantaged business enterprises, minority and women-owned business enterprises, and small business enterprises.

“As we continue the work to ensure that state government is inclusive, diverse and representative of all Delawareans, we are also committed to doing the same with our business community who provide services for all our state agencies,” said Gov. John Carney.

“I am proud Delaware is one of the 13 states to have signed this pledge. This furthers DelDOT’s commitment to equity in transportation by expanding opportunities for HUBs across our state,” said Majeski. “Over the course of this year, we are implementing new training opportunities, streamlining our process and creating specific contracts tailored toward advancing HUBs.”

“The Equity in Infrastructure Project is an exciting initiative that will allow us to continue to build capacity among minority- and women-owned businesses in our state,” said Wendy Henry, DelDOT civil rights administrator. “We are confident that these actions will truly make a difference as we further create contracting opportunities.”

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