Birmingham Construction Industry Authority
The Birmingham Construction Industry Authority (BCIA) is an organization created in 1990 as part of the adoption of the "Birmingham Plan", a court-approved means of insuring the participation of historically-disadvantaged minorities in Birmingham's economic growth. The BCIA fulfills the role of the "Construction Industry Program" in the Birmingham Plan.
The primary role of the BCIA is to provide model specifications and to certify contractors and service providers as meeting the United States Commerce Department's requirements of a "Minority Business Enterprise" (MBE) or "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise" (DBE). These requirements are part of all contracts for construction solicited by the city of Birmingham. In addition, private users of construction services are encouraged to support the goals of the Birmingham Plan by adopting the same requirements in their bidding processes.
In addition to those roles, the BCIA promotes participation by offering professional and technical training to qualified businesses, funding scholarships to colleges and trade schools, and to educate the public about its goals and achievements. The BCIA maintains an in-house plan room with current information about projects out for bid and provides technical and support services to qualified contractors to assist in bidding, project management, and human resources.