By Scott Nishimura firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Worth met its goals for city spending with minority and women-owned professional services and small business enterprises in 2013, but not with construction vendors, the city staff said in a report to the City Council Friday.
The city didn’t meet the construction vendor goal, because ordinance revisions in 2011 pushed the contract goals to expenditures of $50,000 or more from $25,000, and decreased the number of counties in the marketplace to six from mine, the staff said.
“Those revisions have resulted in an overall decrease in the number of available subcontractors for construction opportunities,” the staff said.
For 2013, the city’s goals for spending with minority and women-owned construction firms were 25 percent, professional services firms, 15 percent, and small business enterprise, 15 percent.
For fiscal 2013, the city let a total $204.2 million in construction contracts, 18 percent with minority and women-owned firms, the staff report said.
The city let a total $45.8 million in professional services contracts, 20.6 percent with minority and women-owned firms.
The city also let a total $14.3 million in small business enterprise contracts, 30 percent with minority and women-owned firms.