PTB advertises procurements in the local newspapers (Tampa Bay Times, LaGaceta and Florida Sentinel) as well as on the Onvia-DemandStar e-Procurement Database System (DemandStar). PTB uses DemandStar to manage bid activity for formal procurements. If you wish to download bid documents, you may do so by purchasing a subscription to DemandStar. For your convenience, a link to the DemandStar website is located above the document table on the Procurement Information page.
The method of selecting a vendor/contractor/consultant for PTB goods and/or services is consistent with PTB’s purchasing policy which requires most contracts, goods and services greater than $15,000 to be handled through a formal competitive procurement process. The competitive procurement process (with few exceptions) takes place through the issuance of an Invitation to Bid (ITB), Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Qualifications (RFQ) depending on the type of goods or services that are being procured.
PTB maintains a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program. The program is race, ethnic and gender neutral. PTB has a written policy to enhance contracting opportunities for SBE businesses. The policy encourages the use of registered SBE businesses to the greatest extent possible on all projects. PTB has a nine percent (9%) SBE participation goal for every contract. The SBE program and eligibility requirements are available on the website under Procurement Information.