City of DeSoto passes diversity vendor resolution
TX News - Published Aug 06, 2020
The City of DeSoto is aiming to a "Diversity Vendor" utilization rate in procurement of twenty percent. In service of this goal, the DeSoto City Council has passed a resolution in service of increasing opportunities for Diversity Vendors, including minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs), small businesses (SBEs), and historically underutilized businesses (HUBs).
The measures included to increase Diversity Vendor participation include:
- Conducting outreach activities to Diversity Vendors to communicate about bid opportunities, including by contacting at least two Diversity Vendors on City purchases between $3,000 and $24,999.99;
- Attaching verification documents to all bids above $25,000 which must be submitted to ascertain Diversity Vendor status;
- Reserving the right to accept appropriate Diversity Vendor certifications from other certifying agencies or organizations; and
- Supporting a grant program for Diversity Vendors to help them increase capacity and capability.