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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

December 15, 2003

$30 million invested in area businesses

Diversity + Teamwork = Success

DART's teamwork approach to creating economic opportunities for North Texas businesses has been recognized with the "Sharing Success Award" by the publishers of four minority business newspapers. Presented by MCompany, the award commends the transit agency's efforts toward creating a level playing field in contracting professional services and purchasing initiatives.

Gloria Dixon
Gloria Dixon,
DART vice president for
Diversity and Economic Opportunity
The award recognizes supplier diversity among North Texas government agencies, transportation providers and educational institutions. DART was recognized as one of the "Best of the Decade in Supplier Diversity Procurement in the Public and Nonprofit Sector."

DART paid more than $30 million to disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses in FY02 more than 25% of its total vendor activity.

"Their success is our success," says Gloria Dixon, DART vice president for Diversity and Economic Opportunity. "Everyone here is committed to creating opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses and increasing their participation in DART's expansion."

DART participated in more than 300 outreach events in its 2003 fiscal year. The agency also works closely with the American Indian, Asian American, Black and Hispanic chambers of commerce to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses have the maximum opportunity to compete for purchases and contracts available through DART.

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