Westchester County established a DBE program in 2013 in accordance with regulations of the US Department of Transportation. The county has received federal financial assistance from the DOT, and as a condition of receiving such assistance, the county has signed an assurance that DBEs will have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. Read the complete policy statement for further details. You may review the county's DBE program organizational chart.

County DBE Federal Transit Administration Goals
Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPW&T) overall DBE goal for fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018 is 3.96 percent of the financial assistance the county will expend in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assisted contracts and other services related to the Westchester County Bee-Line bus system. Read more about the proposed DBE-eligible, FTA-assisted contracts for Federal Fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

County DBE Federal Aviation Administration Goals
In addition to the FTA-assisted contracts, the county will participate in FAA-assisted contracts with regards to the Westchester County Airport. Policies for both DBE-eligible FAA-assisted contracts and ACDBE-eligible FAA-assisted contracts have been signed as an assurance that DBEs will have an equal opportunity to receive and particiapte in these contracts.

DPW&T's overall DBE goal for fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 is five percent of the financial assistance the county will expend in FAA-assisted contracts.

The DBE goal for airport-related concessions, other than car rental, is 0.04 percent; and the goal for car-rental-related concessions is 0.2 percent for fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018. Review the Airport Concessions DBE goals.

Unified Certification Program Directories for NY, CT and NJ
These state-managed directories allow interested parties to search for local DBE's.

Minority-Owned Depository Institutions
Historically, the Federal Reserve Board compiled quarterly data on depository institutions that participate in the Treasury’s Minority Bank Deposit Program. Beginning with the June 30, 2015 Release Date, depository institutions that participate in the FDIC’s Minority Depository Institutions Program have been added in addition to depository institutions defined by the Treasury. The data come from the board’s National Information Center database and is generally released about twelve weeks after the end of each quarter

Our Incentives

Westchester County’s various incentives help support startups, assist not-for-profits, and promote economic development through creating, attracting and retaining jobs, and more.

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Industrial Development Agency

Sales tax exemptions on new construction, expansion or renovation projects, or the acquisition of new equipment, and more help companies grow and prosper.

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Local Development Corporation

Since its inception in 2012, we’ve assisted not-for-profit organizations in securing tax-exempt bond financing benefits totaling over $400 million—at no cost or risk to the taxpayers of Westchester County.

Our Programs

Westchester County offers programs and services to assist and incentivize businesses.

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Element 46 Incubator

The new Element 46 Incubator program kicked off in 2019 to inspire and support entrepreneurial talent and the development of new businesses in the County. Nearly a hundred business leaders will serve as mentors to startups, offering their expertise, time, and support.

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Minority and Women-Owned Business Program

Westchester works to encourage, promote and increase participation of business enterprises owned and controlled by persons of color or women.

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Opportunity Zones

This new community investment tool established by Congress in 2017 encourages long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

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Service-Disabled Veteran - Owned Business Program

Westchester encourages and supports eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities.

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Disadvantaged Business Program

This federally regulated program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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