Social Responsibility

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Social Responsibility


Business Inclusion and Development (BID) Plan
It is the policy of the City of Dallas to involve qualified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to the greatest extent feasible on the City’s construction, procurement and professional services contracts. 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.

BID Plan Goals

Construction: 25%
Architectural & Engineering: 25.66%
Other Professional Services: 36.30%
Other Services: 23.80%
Goods: 18%

For third quarter of FY 2012 – 2013:
Total dollars spent: $ 698,421,236
Total local dollars spent: $ 318,391,965
Dollars awarded to M/WBEs: $ 97,221,184*

*$21.0 million or 21.6% above M/WBE goals

Community Outreach

The City maintained strong partnerships and communication with the business community to supplement its outreach, education, and awareness efforts. Those efforts include developing initiatives that support the City’s Good Faith Effort policy focusing on:

• Educating vendors about the City’s contracting process
• Increasing awareness of City contracting opportunities
• Holding joint sponsored events and workshops
• Promoting and assisting minority business certification
• Participating in business expos to identify potential vendors able to bid on City contracting opportunities
• Participating at partners’ committee meetings to educate business partners on the City’s contracting opportunities
• Educating and collaborating with internal partners (Project Managers and Buyers) about the BID process

ResourceLINK Team

The ResourceLINK Team’s group of business development and procurement specialists connect businesses with the resources and information needed to do business with the City of Dallas. The results of their efforts include:

• Conducted 28 workshops, roundtables, and forums on the procurement process in FY 2012-2013, attended by 3,840 vendors.
• Provided support to 3,522 vendors to address real or perceived barriers.
• Participated in 102 chamber, advocacy and industry group events 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.


Community Service


Dallas Aquatics

Dallas Aquatics held learn-to-swim lessons for 3,274 children and adults at its 17 community pools and Bachman Indoor Pool. The Teach a Child to swim scholarship campaign netted $28,760 from individual and corporate donations.

Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR)

Dallas Fire Rescue installed 5,557 free smoke alarms in FY 2013. Purchased through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, the alarms are free to Dallas homeowners. Residents can call 311 to request a free smoke detector.

The DFR Education Team presented fire safety programs to more than 1,200 residents at the Mayor’s Back to School Fair. The DFR Education Team and Sparky the Fire Dog also participated in National Night Out events.

DFR joined departments across the country in the “Care Enough to Wear Pink” campaign. For nine days, DFR members exchanged their uniform shirts for pink t-shirts to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. The effort has raised $20,000 over the past three years.

Dallas Police Department (DPD)

The Dallas Police Explorer Program has established Posts at the department’s seven patrol stations. Young volunteers ages 14 to 21 are challenged to provide community service while learning about law enforcement.

Students in grades four through seven participated in Junior Police Academy sessions and the Police Athletic League served over 23,000 youth in 2012. The department hosted a Citizen’s Police Academy to increase understanding of police work and develop effective police/community partnerships. A Spanish Citizens Police Academy was also held.

Dallas Public Library

The Dallas Public Library’s program Every Child Ready to Read @ Dallas positively impacted 34,863 parents, caregivers and children through 402 parent workshops and programs. The program equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge to help prepare children to be ready to learn to read by Kindergarten, as well as encourage parental involvement for struggling readers in grades K-3 through parent education workshops. The program partnered with WIC Dallas, Educational First Steps, the State Fair of Texas and more than 40 DISD elementary schools and community organizations to reach Dallas parents, caregivers and children.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The Center hosted the 100,000 Jobs Mission during FY 2013. The Mission is made up of companies committed to hiring 100,000 U.S. veterans by 2020. Member companies represent a wide array of industries, including financial services, defense, healthcare, telecommunications, technology, transportation, retail and energy – hiring at all levels. Financial 2013-14 adopted budget: $65,306,836.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center provides a variety of services to the community, including health and medical, childcare, family counseling, educational needs and leisure activities. Their mission is to deliver the highest quality human, health, education, and other comprehensive services which enhance the quality of life of its users and provide a focal point for the community and its activities.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Each month, the WIC Program provides services to approximately 100,000 low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and their children 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 within the City of Dallas.

Office of Cultural Affairs

The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) continued to increase accessibility to arts and culture offered to Dallas residents in FY 2012-13. Dallas Cultural Centers annually host the Thriving Minds Summer Camps for young people grades 3 to 12. The Summer Camps offer students the opportunity to work with professional artists in a variety of disciplines including visual art, theater, music and film. In the summer of 2013, 203 young people completed the program.

Park & Recreation


Joining individuals from the health care sector, public and private corporations, fitness organizations, and local sports teams, the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) continued to address obesity among Dallas youth. MyFi hosted Get Moving with MyFi for 550 young people who participated in a variety of outdoor activities and an end of summer bash.

A joint venture with the Dallas Independent School District led to an innovative sports program at 55 schools. Created for 3rd-5th graders, 3,240 young fans enjoyed soccer, basketball, baseball, and flag football.

Partnering with the Texas Rangers Foundation, Recreation Services received a $60,000 donation to conduct the Jr. RBI program at 42 locations.

For the second year, Recreation Services worked with the Kenyon Martin Foundation to provide 200 young people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a free basketball camp led by the Dallas native and New York Knicks power forward.

Individuals, businesses and community groups assisted the department with recreation activities, park beautifications and special events. Volunteers contributed 158,406 hours valued at $3.5 million.