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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

February 28, 2001


DART expands minority contracting and employment initiatives

Officials from four area chambers of commerce joined DART Board Chairman Jesse Oliver (center) at a February 28 ceremony to sign Memoranda of Understanding between the transit agency and the business organizations to promote contracting and employment opportunities among their members.
Left to right:  Michael Harwell, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas; Joe Walker, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce; Jesse Oliver, Chairman, DART Board of Directors; Dilip Patel, Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce; Jim H. Richardson Gonzales, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.DART and four local chambers of commerce have signed Memoranda of Understanding marking a joint commitment to increase minority participation in DART contracts and hiring.

Under the agreement, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will serve as business resources and advocates for greater minority participation at DART.

"DART has always played an important role in the lives of thousands of North Texans. This is an example of our commitment to increase economic opportunities for everyone in the region," DART Board Chairman Jesse Oliver said.

Under the agreement, DART and the chambers will work together to:


  • Make businesses more aware of contract opportunities;

  • Foster relationships with major ethnic contractors, vendors, and service providers through educational, training, subcontracting and mentoring programs;

  • Conduct joint programs to better inform minority communities about the benefits of riding DART.


"We're engaged in some of the largest construction projects anywhere and we need everyone's help to succeed. Working closely with the chambers will help DART broaden its outreach efforts throughout the region," DART President/Executive Director Roger Snoble said.

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