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Ladies First

The U.S Department of Transportation’s (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is proud to highlight our West Central Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) and their success with the Women in Transportation Advisory Committee (WTAC). Operating under the USDOT’s Women in Transportation Initiative, the committee’s mission is to encourage women to enter careers in the transportation industry.


From left to right: Maxine Pryor, RTD, Erin Hartman, Hot Spot Supply, Jocelyn Robinson, Black Construction Group, Heather Barry, Denver International Airport

Recently, West Central began several campaigns to promote women in transportation. “Transportation Girl” is an initiative that was created to show girls and women the sustainability of careers in transportation.  The committee requested women to send their photo and tell why they chose a career in the field of transportation. In addition, Betsy Wagner, a WTAC member, recently worked with Wagner Equipment Co., Caterpillar and Rocky Mountain Transport to sponsor a “Women in Transportation” Caterpillar 236D High Flow Skid Steer display for 2 months. The Skid Steer was painted red with a map of Denver, Colorado, and has “Women in Transportation” emblazoned on the side. The Skid Steer was displayed in front of the Colorado Department of Transportation headquarters.

The West Central SBTRC also worked with Cherry Creek School District and Denver Public Schools to coordinate an event for young women in high school.  This event for 150 high school girls featured women in non-traditional careers including:  engineering, waste disposal, highway maintenance, surveying, and heavy equipment, civil rights, electrical, and concrete.  The successful event offered young women a larger definition of what is possible for future careers.

Operated by the Colorado Contractors Association, the West Central SBTRC serves the states of Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The West Central SBTRC advocates, on behalf of small businesses, provides technical assistance training programs to small and disadvantaged businesses with the mission of making them more competitive when bidding for federal transportation contracts. For more information, please visit here.

Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017
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