Pursuant to Section 2 to 341 of the City Code, the city has made the following declaration of policy, "It is the policy of the City of Galveston to stimulate growth of local minority and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) by encouraging their participation in all phases of its contract and procurement activity and by affording them the opportunity to compete for all City of Galveston contracts. The purpose and objectives of this article are to:
Increase the capacity of local M/WBE's to provide products and services.
Increase the opportunities for local M/WBE's to expand their business with the city and other public and private sector business entities.
Provided, however, nothing herein shall require the city to award contracts for services or procurements to a M/WBE which is not also the lowest responsive and responsible bidder and otherwise qualified unless the city may otherwise lawfully award the contract to someone other than the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. Additionally the City of Galveston has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program (PDF) mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is part of its M/WBE program.
Amount of Goal
The City of Galveston's overall goal for 2014-2016 is 5.23% of the federal financial assistance we will expend in Department of Transportation (DOT)-assisted contracts, which is exclusive of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds to be used for the purchase of transit vehicles.