OCR's Equity Line Newsletter | August 2021

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Quarterly Newsletter  |  Eighteenth Edition  |  August 2021

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ODOT’s Office of Civil Rights’ newsletter, Equity Line, brings to you the newest content relevant to your business and business needs. Whether you work in transportation-related fields, construction, or just drive Oregon’s roads and have an interest in what ODOT is doing for the Oregon economy, OCR’s Equity Line is a newsletter you will want to read.

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ODOT’s Emerging Small Business Program project limitations increase to $250,000

ODOT’s Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program helps create contract opportunities for Oregon’s small businesses and helps to remove barriers that may prevent them from contracting with ODOT.

With the recent passage of Oregon HB 3055, the Emerging Small Business (ESB) statutory project limitation was increased from $100,000 to $250,000, providing better project opportunities in the near future. Once finalized, the new implementation plan and adjusted contracting rules for the ESB Program will be adopted. More updates soon!

For more on ODOT’s Emerging Small Business Program click here:
Oregon Department of Transportation: Emerging Small Business : Civil Rights : State of Oregon


New! The Equitable Engagement Compensation Program

ODOT regularly seeks input from community members on a variety of projects, plans, policies, and administrative rules. The unique barriers that certain groups of people face may mean that ODOT is not always hearing from all the people we affect through our work. Compensation will ease the unpaid time barriers for these groups, allowing for more equitable and inclusive access to our engagement activities while improving our service to Oregonians.

The Equitable Engagement Compensation Program (EECP) establishes a policy that allows for compensation to Oregonians who provide public feedback to the agency through initiatives like the DBE Advisory Committee. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Social Equity at: socialequity@odot.state.or.us



Welcome Newly COBID Certified Firms!

Firms certified 6/16/2021 – 8/24/2021

This data is provided to ODOT’s Office of Civil Rights by COBID. 

Search by business name and/or vendor ID in COBID’s certified vendor directory to obtain additional details and contact information for any of the newly certified firms. The COBID certified vendor directory is available here.

View newly certified COBID firms



Burchfield Small Business Spotlight



Company: Burch Energy Services LLC

President: David L Burchfield, PE, CEM

Title: President

Phone: 503.459.7755

Website: https://Burchenergy.com

Certifications: DBE/MBE/ESB #12228

Building a Healthy, Sustainable, and Inclusive

Future with Burch Energy Services

As a young engineer—having only recently graduated from college—David Burchfield saw a tremendous opportunity working next to the CEO at an energy management company.

I had the ability to do many things, wear many hats,” says David. “And that enticed me.”

It also encouraged him to pursue a master's degree in engineering and technology management. David credits that company’s CEO for helping him “pivot away from being just an engineer to being able to engineer the whole system.”

The CEO was just one of the many people David credits with inspiring and motivating him—starting with his family. “My father was born in Mississippi in a cotton field, and he has always been a tenacious activist for equal rights. My uncle Ed was the first black man I ever met who is absolutely successful. My stepmother raised me well, like her own, and she deserves appreciation. And then my aunt is one of the strongest women I ever met.

Even David’s study of engineering was heavily influenced by someone else: Tom McCormack, who would later become David’s father-in-law. “He had a PhD in civil engineering, and he encouraged me to become an engineer even when I didn't know what that was.

In their own ways, each helped prepare David for the next stage of his career—whatever it would be.

Staying Ahead of Opportunity

So he was already way ahead of the game when his then-boss approached him in early 2020 with an idea. “Energy Trust of Oregon came out with an RFP that had a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requirement. So my boss mentioned this would be a great opportunity for us. Little did he know, I had started my own company three years earlier—hoping for an opportunity just like this one. The timing was perfect!”

Like many businesses, Burch Energy Services (BE Services) began with ups and downs. While David had started it as a home energy auditing firm, that didn’t completely mesh with his dream for the company: helping eliminate climate change.

In 2019, though, David added two partners: Kwasi Boateng (a former co-worker he had met while working on his master’s degree), who became the chief operating officer of BE Services, and Dr. Teshome Jiru (David’s undergraduate mentor), who became chief technical officer.

“Together, we believed in the dream.” And the three started to define the company’s future.

BE Services now provides HVAC and BMS design, installation, and demand side management for commercial, industrial, agricultural, and government buildings. “I want to make sure the air quality in those buildings is the best it can be, as well as make sure the energy they use is optimal. We could probably save those buildings 20-30 percent of their energy costs if they had portfolio-level software to control these buildings.”

The company has continued to build on its core values of integrity, authenticity, servant leadership, diversity, and open-mindedness. Now, David says the company is built on three pillars: demand-side management, design-build, and software development.

One of these days all three of those pillars are going to start intertwining like three strands of a vine, working together.”

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The Company’s Widening Impact

David feels BE Services has had an impact, with more than 20 public-school energy audits. “We are decreasing the cost of capital expenditures for the public schools by installing energy-efficient equipment that will also improve the indoor environment.

The company also recently received a small business technology transfer (STTR) grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a software clean air management system (CAMS) that will gather and examine data on “outdoor air contaminants, exterior sources of information, and indoor air contaminants, and use that data to adjust the ventilation rates to mitigate threats to the indoor environment.”

While Burch is not currently working with ODOT on any projects, David says they are looking forward to helping ODOT’s existing fleet of buildings become healthier and more sustainable.

It took David Burchfield a while to realize he was already a bit of a trailblazer. “I am an African-American and I come from slave blood—and there are not many of us in the engineering and energy efficiency world.”

Now, just as he was mentored and encouraged along the way, David is trying to normalize the inclusion of people like him in the industry. “Yeah, I want to sell my software and help these buildings, but I also want to help my people—help other contractors, technical contractors, and construction contractors who have brown skin like me get into the arena.”

By training up more minority businesses to take care of these systems and buildings, David hopes his company can not only help companies improve the efficiency and health quality of the living environment, but “give people an opportunity for a better living and actually come up with ways to feed their families.




Historic Heritage Month Breakfast | September 16, 2021

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BDI MED Week 2021

BDI MED Week | September 22-23, 2021

This year’s MED Week Events will be held virtually. Our 2021 theme is “Engage. Elevate. Empower.” and we look forward to coming together as one community to support diverse business across our region. Join us for two days of building relationships, learning and celebration! To learn more, and register, visit BDI's website, www.bdiweb.org 


OAME Tradeshow Flyer

OAME 33rd

Trade Show & Conference -

"Enduring Partnerships"

October 20, 2021


For information regarding the trade show or sponsorship opportunities, contact Bill Prows
at OAME 503-249-7744 or bill@oame.org


Salem Capitol Connections


Monthly Salem Capitol Connections Event. 

Salem Capitol Connections provides Oregon entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect with public and private entities that lead to sustainable business relationships and opportunities.

Visit Website



Wildfire Response and Recovery Information

The 2020 Labor Day weekend wildfires affected so much of our lives including our transportation system. Most people know that roads close due to flames and smoke when fires are in the immediate area, but many people may not know that debris such as downed trees can create hazards long after the fire is out. The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to safely address ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires. Removing fire debris is a three-step cleanup process.

  • Step 1 - clearing properties of household hazardous waste to minimize exposure of hazardous materials to the public.
  • Step 2 – removal of hazard trees.
  • Step 3 - removal of ash and debris.

Currently, prime contracts to remove hazard trees, ash, and debris are in place and subcontractor opportunities are available directly with those primes. Please contact Feather Sam Huesties to be added to the interested contractor list, which gets updated to the prime contractors every week. ODOT will also send out direct contact and registration information for subcontracting with the primes to interested local firms.

For more information on ODOT’s wildfire response and recovery efforts, visit our Wildfire web page 


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COVID-19 Information and Resources

The COVID-19 outbreak has created uncertainty for Oregonians and Oregon businesses. The Office of Civil Rights wants businesses to know that we are here for them in this difficult time and there are resources available to provide assistance to businesses that are impacted by the unprecedented outbreak.

  • ODOT contracting bidding and awarding services are still available during this time.
  • Existing ODOT A&E and construction contracts are continuing to move forward as scheduled. If issues come up, these will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the project’s contract administrator.
  • ODOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) projects will continue in accordance with the respective project’s contract along with the guidance provided by Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-12.

Business Oregon Financial Programs

Business Oregon is the state's economic development agency and operates several direct loan and loan guarantee programs for small businesses:

Oregon Business Development Fund

The Oregon Business Development Fund (OBDF) is a revolving loan fund that provides term fixed-rate financing for land, buildings, equipment, machinery and permanent working capital. Participants must create or retain jobs and must typically be a traded-sector business in manufacturing, processing or distribution. The program gives preference to projects located in rural and distressed areas and to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees. » More information is available here.

Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund

The Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund (EDLF) provides direct loans to help start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses expand or become established in Oregon. This fund fills a niche not provided through traditional lending markets. More information is available here.

For more on Business Oregon’s Financial Assistance programs and other state and federal resources and financial assistance programs that are available, visit their Small Business Navigator here.


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Small Businesses in Entire Pacific Northwest Region are Eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Businesses in the entire Pacific Northwest Region -- all counties in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska -- are eligible to submit an application for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

Apply Now

Get Updates from the SBA About COVID-19 Support


EIDLs offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

More About EIDL


The SBA Disaster Loan process is simple, but requires preparation. Learn what is required to complete an online application.

Get Loan Guidance

Online Construction Contract Civil Rights and Labor Compliance Training

Access the training on your schedule.

Who should participate?

Prime and sub-contractors, consultants and ODOT personnel that interact with or are interested in learning more about the programs listed below are welcome to join any of these events.

Brush up on your contract compliance skills.

All sessions will provide insight into both ODOT/FHWA Civil Rights Programs, ODOT/BOLI Labor Compliance Programs, TERO, OJT/Apprenticeships, DocExpress and more.

Whether you’re interested in more information about daily record keeping, monthly reporting, or anything from notice to proceed to final note - we will talk about what needs to be done, and more importantly, why these steps are necessary.

Register via Workday Learning 


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Did you know ODOT has Social Media channels?
Connect with us!

Facebook » www.facebook.com/OregonDOT

Twitter » www.twitter.com/OregonDOT

Flickr » www.flickr.com/photos/OregonDOT

YouTube » www.youtube.com/user/OregonDOT


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OregonBuys Website

ODOT’s bidding opportunities are listed 

through OregonBuys.

OregonBuys is a new web-based eProcurement system that will automate the state’s eProcurement process and replaced ORPIN. You can register for the OregonBuys system here.

Get Registered for OregonBuys

For questions about OregonBuys registration, call 1-855-800-5046 or email Support.OregonBuys@oregon.gov.


Projects Open for Bids 

BID: S-73000-00000403  Closing Date: 09/01/2021  2:00 PM
Title: OR224 ER Riverside Fire Sign Repair

BID: S-73000-00000192  Closing Date: 09/01/2021  2:00 PM
Title: RFP - Regional Facility HVAC Upgrades: Regions 3, 4 and 5

BID: S-73000-00000529  Closing Date: 09/07/2021  11:00 AM
Title: ITB - ESB Rock Haul Redmond to Bend and Sun River

BID: S-73000-00000330  Closing Date: 09/07/2021  1:00 PM
Title: US30 @ Graham Creek MP 65.16 Culvert Purchase

BID: S-73000-00000573  Closing Date: 09/07/2021  3:00 PM
Title: Interstate 5 MP 28-27 Paving REBID

BID: S-73000-00000597  Closing Date: 09/08/2021  3:00 PM
Title: ITB Interstate 5 MP 36.5-35 Paving REBID

BID: S-73000-00000446  Closing Date: 09/08/2021  3:00 PM
Title:US395 Silvies Valley Culvert Repair Project

BID: S-73000-00000613  Closing Date: 09/09/2021  2:00 PM
Title: Delta Park KOA Access Restriction

BID: S-73000-00000074  Closing Date: 07/15/2025  5:00 PM
Title: RFQ Right-Of-Way Appraisal Services

BID: S-73000-00000075  Closing Date: 05/31/2029  2:00 PM
Title: REmployer Based CDL Testing for Transit Providers

Projects in Progress

Oregon Department of Transportation 
Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017) Projects : Projects : State of Oregon

1-205 Improvements Project  - $500 million
Oregon Department of Transportation : Project-Details : Projects : State of Oregon

OR 217 Auxiliary Lanes Project
Oregon Department of Transportation : Project-Details : Projects : State of Oregon

1-5 Rose Quarter - $450-500 million | Phase 1a out to BID December 2021
Contact Mandy Putney, Principal Executive / Manager – Urban Mobility
503-720-4843 – Mandy.Putney@odot.state.or.us

Oregon Department of Transportation : Project-Details : Projects : State of Oregon

Real-time is the Design-Build Region 4 – Out to BID Nov 2, 2021
Contact Miranda Wells, Professional Engineer/Transportation
541-480-7812 - Miranda.WELLS@odot.state.or.us


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

In order to be part of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, your firm must be certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. Disadvantaged Business Enterprises include small businesses that are at least 51% owned by Minorities (Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, and Women) Other individuals on a case-by-case basis.

Learn More

Emerging Small Business (ESB)

The Emerging Small Business Program creates contract opportunities for Oregon’s small businesses. The program also helps remove some of the barriers which prevent small businesses from contracting with ODOT. The ESB program objectives are to: 

  • ​Ensure ODOT is following Oregon laws and requirements.
  • Assist and encourage other state and local agencies to have Emerging Small Business programs.
  • Ensure that opportunities are available statewide to a diverse pool of businesses.
  • Ensure that Emerging Small Businesses can compete fairly for ODOT funded projects.
  • Ensure that only eligible firms can participate in the Emerging Small Business program.
  • Help develop firms so that they can compete outside of the Emerging Small Business program. 

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Title VI 

ODOT complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and other federal nondiscrimination statutes which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability or gender in ODOT’s programs, activities, services, operations, delivery of benefits or opportunities to participate. 

In an effort to provide equitable access, ODOT provides accessibility aids, translation and interpretation services for public ODOT events and vital documents upon request. The public can get these services by providing reasonable advanced notice, at no charge to the individual.

Request a Program List

Equal Employment Opportunity Contractor Compliance 

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to equal opportunity in hiring and awarding contracts. ODOT promotes equal opportunity within its own workforce and with the workforce of contracted employers who provide services for the agency.

Find Out More  

Workforce Development 

ODOT is training future highway workers that will fill vacancies in the construction industry. By partnering with local nonprofits and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, we’re poised to meet today current demands. Get a list of programs ready to work with you.

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