The City of El Paso formalized partnership agreements Tuesday with local agencies that support business development and certifications for minority, woman, and veteran businesses in the El Paso area.
“This project will allow the City of El Paso to develop a local business profile, identify and develop the infrastructure needed to establish a certification program, and ensure requirements in the bidding process are well understood to support an open, competitive, fair, and respectful bidding environment for local minority, woman, and veteran businesses,” city officials share.
“This partnership agreement fits the Communities of Excellence Framework by ensuring business access to high quality resources and serves as a model for community collaboration to deliver high impact results.”
The resource partners involved in the partnership agreements are the Small Business Development Center, Contract Opportunities Center (PTAC), United States Small Business Administration, El Paso Chamber, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council.
In addition, multiple City of El Paso departments are involved in the City Accelerator effort including: Community and Human Development, Economic Development, El Paso International Airport, the Performance Office, the Public Information Office, Public Library, Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing, Capital Improvement Department and Sun Metro.
This initiative, spearheaded by the City of El Paso’s Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing Department, is part of a larger project funded through a $500,000 grant from Living Cities distributed to 9 other cities including: Boston, MA; Houston, TX; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA; as part of the City Accelerator Program focused on Inclusive Procurement.
For more information call (915) 212-1219 or e-mail at OlivasAP@elpasotexas.gov