Finance Department - Purchasing Division
Initiatives Overview

Local Preference Program

The 82nd Texas Legislature adopted a revision to the law that allows cities to grant contracting preferences to local businesses for contracts governed by Title 8 of the Texas Local Government Code, when price alone determines the winning bid for personal property, non-professional services, and construction services. The law previously allowed only cities with a population under 200,000 to grant such a preference. Under the new law, a contract can be awarded to a city-located business in instances where the City receives a bid from a local bidder that is within a certain percentage of the lowest bid price received by a non-city bidder.

Effective May 1, 2013, the Local Preference Ordinance implemented the change in the law. Additionally, provisions are included in the new ordinance that allow the granting of preferences in certain discretionary contract solicitations to local businesses or businesses with knowledge of, and/or experience working with, local conditions where appropriate.

View more information on the Local Preference Program.

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Program

The City of San Antonio desires to honor the extraordinary contributions rendered to the United States by veterans who did active service in the Nation’s military, naval or air service, including reserve components thereof, and of the National Guard; and wishes to express this honor by giving a preference to small businesses owned and controlled by veterans in the award of certain contracts.

Thus, effective January 15, 2014, it is the policy of the City of San Antonio to grant a preference to veteran-owned small businesses for the types of procurements where application of such a preference is allowed for municipalities. In addition, expanded outreach to veteran-owned businesses is a key part of the program. This VOSB Program is used in conjunction with the SBEDA and Local Preference programs currently in use by the City.

View more information on the Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (VOSB).

Green Initiatives

The Purchasing Division is committed to seeking opportunities to encourage environmentally friendly procurement. The City of San Antonio has adopted the Mayor’s SA2020 plan. The mission of SA2020 is to catalyze the entire San Antonio Community into passionate, focused, and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in 11 key vision areas, including Environmental Sustainability.

The City is leading by example to accomplish the goals of the SA2020 plan by means of multiple initiatives and programs, including the implementation of an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy (EPPP). The purpose of the policy is to prompt all City staff to make every effort to minimize the environmental impact when procuring goods and services for the City of San Antonio.

Policy Highlights
  • Encourages City departments to lead by example
  • Prompts City employees to conduct all procurement activities in an energy- and resource-efficient manner
  • Requires departments to evaluate recycled or environmentally preferred products to determine if this alternative would be practical for use
  • Purchasing Division provides departments with information to facilitate their evaluation and purchase of designated products
  • Purchasing Division ensures that environmentally preferable products are designated in procurement documents whenever practicable
  • Purchasing Division supports the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferred products
Examples of Green Procurement Initiatives
  • Ensure that environmentally preferable paper products, such as 35% post-consumer recycled content paper, is used when providing print services to City departments and require two-sided copies
  • Retrofit City buildings with energy-efficient lighting, heating, and air conditioning equipment
  • Require mowing contracts to include mulching
  • Develop procurement specifications to encourage the use of remanufactured toner cartridges for desktop printers, recycled paper products, and plastic bags
  • Conversion to hybrid vehicles under the Vehicle Fleet Environmental Acquisition Policy