Disparity Study Team
The study team for the 2016 ITD Disparity Study is comprised of five firms that, considered together, possess decades of experience related to conducting disparity and availability studies:
- BBC Research & Consulting (BBC) (prime consultant);
- Holland & Knight, LLP;
- Customer Research International (CRI);
- Christiansen Communications (Certified DBE); and
- Lynda Friesz Public Relations (Certified DBE);
BBC is considered the premier disparity study firm in the nation. BBC is a national expert in conducting disparity studies and in helping agencies implement the federal DBE program and other minority- and woman-owned business programs. BBC has completed nearly 80 disparity studies for cities, states, government agencies, and other entities all across the country. BBC has provided expert testimony related to disparity studies, minority- and woman-owned business programs, and the Federal DBE Program on several different occasions, most recently as part of the successful defense of the California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans') implementation of the Federal DBE Program (which was based in large part on a 2007 BBC disparity study) in Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter v. California Department of Transportation, et al.
Kevin Williams, Managing Director
BBC Research & Consulting
1999 Broadway, Suite 2200 Denver, Colorado 80202-9750
Phone: 303-321-2547, ext. 231
Holland & Knight, LLP
Holland & Knight is a multiâ€national law firm and has participated in more than 40 disparity studies with BBC. Holland & Knight also provided substantial litigation support to Caltrans in the agencyâ€™s recent defense of its implementation of the Federal DBE program. BBC employs Holland & Knight to develop the legal analysis and framework on disparity studies and to consult on legal issues. Holland & Knight also has extensive experience conducting inâ€depth anecdotal interviews; collecting and analyzing anecdotal evidence; and assessing potential DBE program measures.
Christiansen Communications has a simple goal: to help successfully involve key stakeholders and solve problems. Christiansen Communicationsâ€™ experience includes facilitation of citizen working groups and statewide task forces; public involvement in the environmental, design and construction phases of transportation projects; and stakeholder outreach to gather input on strategic plans and organizational change projects.
Lynda Friesz Public Relations
Lynda Friesz Public Relations was established as a sole proprietorship in 1983. In the years since, Lynda has conducted public involvement and outreach campaigns for more than 150 projects delivering on-time and on-budget. She has long-standing relationships, built on respect and collaboration, with state and local agencies. She recently served as project manager for the Valley Regional Transit Coordinated Marketing Plan and as the Public Information Officer for the Goose Lake Road Reconstruction.
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