The City of Austin’s Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) requests public comment on proposed changes to the Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Program Rules.
The proposed Rules change will allow SMBR staff to perform step 1 of the 9 step Good Faith Effort (GFE) requirements – notification of MBEs/WBEs of the opportunity to bid on the solicitation with the primes contractors that are intending to bid on the solicitation. The Prime is responsible the remaining 8 steps. These steps are the existing steps listed in the MBE/WBE Ordinances. This proposed change is aimed at increasing the number of small and minority business participation in the Corridor Mobility projects.
“The City made a concerted effort to have a strong MBE/WBE Outreach component because of the importance we are placing on MBE/WBE participation in the Corridor Mobility Bond Program while striving toward the goal of implementing the program in an efficient and timely manner. The proposed rule change allowing this pilot program we believe will work towards these goals. “said Veronica Briseño, SMBR Director.
The rules will also be amended to replace any references to Department of Small & Minority Business Resources (DSMBR) to Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department.
SMBR will be accepting public comments until July 16, 2018. Comments should be submitted to: Edward Campos, Assistant Director, SMBR, and 4201 Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin, TX 78721 or via email at Edward.Campos@austintexas.gov.
The City of Austin’s Small and Minority Business Resources Department assists small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses as they pursue contracting opportunities with the City of Austin; encourages Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) to participate in City contracts; provides bonding education and oversees the City’s MBE/WBE and DBE contracting goals in the areas of construction, professional services, commodities and non-professional services. Visit www.austintexas.gov/smbr or call (512) 974-7677.
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