The Business Development Initiative (BDI) is designed to
support the Department's efforts to boost
competition, lower prices, and increase support to meet
its contracting needs over the next 10 years. The
BDI is designed to provide more opportunities and
support for small businesses to move from subcontracting
and sub consulting to prime contracting and consulting
The initial phase was implemented in fiscal years
2006-07 and 2007-08, with the first six months using
District Two as the pilot, followed by the remaining
districts in January 2007. During that time,
different strategies were implemented to determine an
increase the competition without
adversely affecting the end product. Some of the
strategies used that would provide an opportunity for
businesses who would not typically bid on DOT contracts
Reserving construction and maintenance contracts for
Waiving performance bond requirements and modifying
bid bond requirements for contracts under $250,000.
- Using the modified qualification process instead
of our standard prequalification process for
construction and maintenance projects.
In March 2009, the Department received approval from
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to use the BDI on
federally funded projects, being the first of its kind,
nationally, to be considered.
In 2013, the Department increased the BDI goals to 10%
of all work types for contracts reserved for small
construction projects, and design-build projects must comply with the
Professional Services contracts
acquired under FS 287.055:
funded BDI reserve project amount threshold is $1,500,000 per contract.
State funded BDI reserve project amount threshold is
Preference points will not be employed as a contracting strategy for BDI
Construction and Maintenance contracts acquired under FS 337.025:
Federally funded BDI reserve projects must be
funded BDI reserve projects must be under $1,500,000
NOTE: Low Risk Design-build
projects can be reserved for the BDI.
a more detailed look at the BDI, please review the
Business Development Initiative Plan or contact us