Since 2016 the SWSP, a jointly funded project between the WHCRWA and NFBWA, has made significant strides to motivate participation by local minority-owned and small businesses to encourage diversity in contracting and implementation of the SWSP.
We are currently in the final stages of the Design Phase of the SWSP and have held multiple contractor outreach events to encourage participation by local minority-owned and small businesses. To be notified of up-coming opportunities, visit the Contact Us page and select “Surface Water Supply Project Opportunities – Contractor Outreach Workshops, Bid Information, Etc.” from the emails list.
As a result of ongoing community outreach and the feedback received, the SWSP team has identified a strong desire for inclusion of local minority-owned and small businesses in the contracting and implementation of the SWSP. In response to this community feedback, the WHCRWA and NFBWA are undertaking a four-step approach to encourage diversity in contracting and implementation of the SWSP by:
- Utilizing a database of certified local minority companies that can be accessed by prime contractors for inclusion in bidding
- Holding workshops to facilitate MWSBE and DBE certification
- Creating a resource event where potential prime contractors on the SWSP can meet potential minority subcontractors
- Tracking MWSBE and DBE participation on the SWSP on an annual basis
For those who are interested in becoming MWSBE or DBE certified by the City of Houston, the Office of Business Opportunity holds MWSBE and DBE Pre-Certification Workshops every Thursday at 2 p.m. in their office located at 611 Walker St, 7th Floor Houston, Texas 77002. More information about these workshops can be found by visiting the City of Houston Business of Opportunity events page. You can also view videos about the certification process by visiting the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity main page.