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)

B Session Presentation #2

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

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).