Due to multiple complaints from minority contractors being shut out of construction opportunities from the 2012 City of San Antonio bond, a group of small business owners came together to let their voices be heard. This was the beginning of the Fair Contracting Coalition now comprised of small, minority, women and Veteran business owners, multiple chambers of commerce organizations, and the Neighborhood’s First Alliance. In 2012, the Fair Contracting Coalition compelled the City of San Antonio’s City Council to develop a five year diversity action plan which passed as an ordinance.
Today, the group seeks to move the 16 tax supported public agencies forward to improve their commitment to the community. The coalition decided to survey tax-supported agencies for a snapshot of their spending with small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses hence, the annual report card. Multiple chambers and community servants will speak on the performance of the public serving agencies:
Port San Antonio, Brooks City Base, City of San Antonio
San Antonio Housing Authority, San Antonio Water System
University of Texas, San Antonio, VIA Metropolitan Transit
City Public Service, San Antonio ISD, Texas A&M San Antonio
Edwards Aquifer Authority, University Health System
Alamo Colleges, Bexar County, Northside ISD, North East ISD
This historic press conference is Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:30 AM at the Atlas Body Shop, 2nd floor Conference Room, 922 East Carson, San Antonio, Texas.