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The Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing Department is proud to announce being selected as one of the ten cities participating in the sixth-cohort of the City Accelerator initiative on Inclusive Procurement by the Citi Foundation and Living Cities.
“As El Paso’s economy continues to thrive, ensuring an open and inclusive process for business owners seeking to find, bid on, and successfully compete for city contracts is at the forefront,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.
“The work we will conduct with the Citi Foundation, Living Cities, and Griffith & Strong will provide us with an opportunity to learn nationwide best practices, and create lasting relationships with other city governments for cross-sector partnerships.”
The City will be awarded a $50,000 grant to provide coaching, technical assistance, and other resources through community partners to aid in the growth and development of veteran, woman, and minority owned businesses.
“The goal is to make local businesses feel included and understand the requirements in the bidding process so they are more competitive and win contracting opportunities that will allow them to become more sustainable,” city officials shared via a news release, “These initiatives align with the Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing Department’s mission of providing an open, fair, transparent, economically competitive and respectful procurement process.”
As part of the first grant received in 2018, El Paso has integrated local small and minority business resources into a singular effort branded Accelerate EP and for the first time formalized relationships with organizations the serve its local businesses of color.
To date, this is the second grant the City of El Paso receives from the Citi Foundation and Living Cities.