The Business Inclusion and Development (BID) Plan applies to all contracts, with special emphasis on subcontracting opportunities on contracts required by state law to be competitively bid, and applies to the use of first tier subcontractors.
- Creating new partnerships with organizations in the business community (Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Advocacy groups)
- Creating a “how to” series; breaking down the procurement process into separate segments delivered to target audiences and focusing on business interests, capability and capacity.
- Maintaining existing partnerships and proactive communication with the business community.
- Supplementing Business Development and Procurement Services by hosting outreach, education, and awareness events focusing on:
- Educating vendors about the City’s contracting process
- Increasing awareness of City contracting opportunities
- Hosting joint sponsored events and workshops
- Promoting and assisting minority business certification
- Participating in business expos to identify potential vendors that can bid on City contracting opportunities
- Participating in meetings to educate business partners on City contracting opportunities
- Educating and collaborating with internal partners (Project Managers and Buyers) about the BID process
- Conducted 28 workshops, roundtables and forums to educate vendors on the City of Dallas’ procurement process. Approximately 3,960 vendors attended
- Provided one-on-one support to 446 vendors to address real or perceived barriers
- Participated in 87 chamber, advocacy and industry group events and mixers to network with potential vendors and make them aware of upcoming opportunities with the City
- Coordinated meetings between vendors and departments and between prime and sub-contractors/consultants
- LINKED business with other public agencies, capital resources, and bonding/insurance support
The City of Dallas and the University of North Texas System celebrated the 100th birthday of the Old Municipal Building, 106 S. Harwood. The celebration was at the Main Street Garden Park and included a program and tours of the building.
Dallas Fire Rescue strives to be the best trained, technologically advanced, customer-focused fire service organization in the country. DFR proved that by opening replacement fire station 37, an important part of the Vickery Meadows renaissance.
DFR conducted more than 13,900 Fire Life Safety presentations last year in addition to fire apparatus and educational resource requests.
In 2014, the Office of Community Affairs implemented 28 “Coffee with Cops” events. It allows for an informal interaction between residents and officers in a non-law enforcement setting. Coffee with Cops is held quarterly in each of the seven patrol divisions simultaneously on the same day. McDonald’s has partnered with the police department for this event and offers a free cup of coffee to all attendees.
In its first year, the KBHCCD donated more than 1.5 tons of food valued at $30,000. This diversion converts to 24,117 CO2e saved. The KBHCCD’s Good Neighbor Program is supported by the KBHCCD’s hospitality partner Centerplate, the award-winning anti-poverty think tank Rock N Wrap it Up!, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6.
Each month, the WIC Program provides services to approximately 95,000 low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and their children from birth to age five. Services include specific supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support as well as referrals to other social service agencies. Services are provided in 19 clinics throughout Dallas County with 12 located in the City of Dallas.
The addition of 10 miles of new hike and bike trails expanded the city’s trail network to 135 miles and included the new Lake Highlands Trail, the extension of the White Rock Creek Greenbelt Trail and renovations to the loop trail at Kiest Park. Other projects included completion of a 1.5-mile segment of the Five-Mile Creek Greenbelt Trail, as well as a four-mile extension of the Trinity Forest Trail.