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Indiana Department of Transportation

INDOT > Doing Business with INDOT > Economic Opportunity > Economic Opportunity Economic Opportunity

The Division of Economic Opportunity (EOD) is responsible for maximizing contracting opportunities for disadvantaged businesses on INDOT contracts.  Economic Opportunity performs all Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification services for the state of Indiana pursuant to its Unified Certification Program.

The division also assesses DBE-owned business utilization data and ensures compliance with EEO provisions as required by INDOT contract and federal law. Economic Opportunity also administers the agency’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws. Additionally, Economic Opportunity provides managerial and technical assistance to DBE firms.

The mission of EOD is to:

  • Maximize contracting opportunities for disadvantaged businesses by certifying qualifying firms as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
  • Monitor INDOT contracts for equal employment opportunity contract compliance with state and federal laws
  • Increase the number of journey-level women and minorities in Indiana’s construction industry through the OJT Program
  • Provide education about and ensure enforcement of state and federal civil rights laws

EOD Sections

DBE Goal Request for RFPs Involving Federal Funding


To obtain a DBE Goal, please fill out the DBE Goal Request Form.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact David Alyea at 317-234-7843.

Important DBE News

Economic Opportunity Division’s DBE Certification area is going green! Notices to DBEs reflecting their DBE certification status will now be delivered by email. Reminders to submit your Annual Update information will no longer come as letters delivered by the postal service. Instead, you will receive these notices through email as well. DBEs can update their bidder registration profile by logging into Business Registration Number/Bidders Registration under Certification Resources. Because your email program may not recognize messages from INDOT, please check your spam/junk mail folders for these notices. It is your responsibility to know when your update information is due and submit it in a timely fashion, but we understand your appreciation for the reminders and we are glad to continue this service. Note that failure to submit Annual Update information as required will result in an email notification proposing to remove your DBE certification. If you have any questions about your DBE certification status or the annual update process/requirements , feel free to contact Kimberly Sons, INDOT’s DBE Certification Coordinator, at 317-234-8087 or ksons@indot.in.gov.

DBE Related Links  

Contact Information

Heather Kennedy
Director of Economic Opportunity  
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 234-8008
hkennedy@indot.in.gov

Derrick Casson
DBE Certification Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 233-4664
dcasson@indot.in.gov

David Alyea
Contract Compliance Manager
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-7843
dalyea@indot.in.gov

Deneane Goodson 
Administrative Assistant 
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 233-6511
dgoodson@indot.in.gov

Additional Economic Opportunity Contact Information