Starting today, local San Antonio businesses can participate in the Local Preference Program that the City Council passed on March 21, 2013.
During the last Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature adopted a revision to the law that allows cities to grant contracting preferences to local businesses when price alone determines the winning bid. The law previously allowed only cities with a population under 200,000 to grant such a preference.
The implementation of the Local Preference Program emphasizes the importance of investing in the local community and will help the city secure beneficial contracts while supporting local businesses. The program allows the City to grant preferences in awarding contracts to local businesses.
The term "Local" is defined as a bidder whose primary place of business is within the San Antonio city limits. The definition of a “Local Business” is a business headquartered within the San Antonio city limits or meets the following conditions: 1) An established place of business for at least one year in the incorporated limits of the city; 2) And from which at least 100 of its employees or at least 20 percent of its total full-time, part-time and contract employees are regularly based; 3) And from which a substantial role in the business' performance of a commercially useful function or a substantial part of its operations is conducted. "Headquartered" is defined as the place where a business entity's officers direct, control, and coordinate the entity's activities.
For more information, call (210) 207-7260, or visit sanantonio.gov/localsa