Finance Department - Purchasing Division
Procurement Preference Programs

The City of San Antonio’s Finance and Transportation & Capital Improvements departments will be scheduling a series of meetings in June, July and August 2018 seeking input from stakeholders. These meetings will offer an opportunity to discuss improvements to the City’s current procurement programs and processes. A complete list of currently scheduled meetings is listed below under the respective tab.

In preparation for these meetings, the Finance Department’s website has been updated with copies of the briefings previously presented to City Council, as well as applicable ordinances. We encourage you to review the information on the below tabs in advance of the upcoming meetings to get a better understanding of the programs and to provide a frame of reference regarding the topics to be discussed.

After each meeting, this web link will be also be updated with frequently asked questions and public comments obtained during the meeting discussions. We understand the time commitment may be a challenge, so for those that may be unable to attend the meeting, a videotaped session of an outreach meeting will also be made available on the web link.

We look forward to your participation and thank you in advance for the input from your organization.


B Session Presentation #1


City Council B Session Presentation
Wednesday, February 28,2018
(PDF • 2.3 MB • 47 pages)
(Video)

B Session Presentation #2


City Council B Session Presentation
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
(PDF • 1.8 MB •  37 pages)
(Video)

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, the Veteran-Owned Small Business Preference Ordinance grants 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).


Stakeholder Input Presentation


Stakeholder Input Presentation - June 22, 2018
(PDF)
Revised: July 9, 2018

City of San Antonio Stakeholder Outreach Schedule

# Date Time Location Group
1 Monday
June 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Labor Groups/Union
2 Monday
June 25, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Construction Related Trade Organizations
3 Tuesday
June 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Chambers of Commerce
4 Tuesday
June 26, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. San Antonio Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad Street • SAT 78205
Chambers of Commerce
5 Thursday
June 28, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Municipal Plaza Building “C” Room
114 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205
Real Estate / Tourism / Restaurant Associations
6 Friday
June 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Municipal Plaza Building “B” Room
114 W. Commerce • SAT 78205
Business Advocacy Groups
7 Friday
June 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Municipal Plaza Building “B” Room
114 W. Commerce • SAT 78205
Construction Related Trade Organizations
8 Monday
July 9, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Labor Groups /Union
9 Monday
July 16, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. San Antonio Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad Street • SAT 78205
Additional Stakeholder Meeting
10 Wednesday
July 18, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. San Antonio Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad Street • SAT 78205
Additional Stakeholder Meeting
11 Tuesday
July 24, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Vendor Meeting
12 Thursday
July 26, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Additional Stakeholder Meeting
13 Thursday
August 2, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Additional Stakeholder Meeting
14 Thursday
August 9, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Board Room
1901 S. Alamo Street • SAT 78204
Additional Stakeholder Meeting
15 TBD TBD Norma S. Rodriguez City Council Chamber
Municipal Plaza Building • SAT 78205
Public Meeting
16 TBD TBD Norma S. Rodriguez City Council Chamber
Municipal Plaza Building • SAT 78205
Public Meeting

Organizations & Meeting Dates/Times

June 25, 2018

9:00 a.m.

  • American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Alamo Air Force Association (AFA)
  • Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)
  • COPS / Metro Alliance
  • International Brotherhood Eletrical Workers San Antonio
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Insulators Local #87
  • Iron Works Local #66

2:00 p.m.

  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Council of Engineering Companies (SA CEC)
  • Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEEP)
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • Texas Council of Engineering Companies (CEC)
  • Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
June 26, 2018

9:00 a.m.

  • Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Global Chamber San Antonio
  • Greater San Antonio Chamber
  • San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • South San Antonio Chamber
  • Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce

3:00 p.m.

  • North San Antonio Chamber
  • San Antonio HIspanic Chamber
  • San Antonio African American Chamber
  • San Antonio LBGTQ Chamber
  • San Antonio Women's Chamber
  • West San Antonio Chamber
June 28, 2018

2:00 p.m.

  • Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
  • Local Chapter for National Association of Real Estate Brokers (SAAREB)
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
  • Real Estate Council of San Antonio
  • San Antonio Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • San Antonio Area Tourism Council
  • San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR)
  • San Antonio Restaurant Association
  • Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals
  • Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC)
June 29, 2018

9:00 a.m.

  • Launch SA
  • Lift Fund
  • Maestro Entrepreneur Center
  • National Association of Womens Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Neighborhoods First Alliance (Addition)
  • Fair Contractor's Coallition
  • SBEDA Mentors (Mentorship Program)
  • Small Business Advisory Council
  • Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio (HCA)
  • San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE)

2:00 p.m.

  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Associated Contractors (AGC) Horizontal
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) Vertical
  • Black Contractors Association
  • Greater San Antonio Builders Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • South Texas Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
  • Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association
  • Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association
July 9, 2018

2:00 p.m.

  • National Council of La Raza (new name Unidos US)
  • National Veterans Outreach
  • San Antonio Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Southwest Workers Union
  • Service Employees Internation Union (SEIU)
  • Texas Organizing Project
  • SMART Local 67
  • LiUNA Local 1095
  • UA Local 142