Glenwood looking for public comment on local preference |

Glenwood looking for public comment on local preference

Staff Report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The City of Glenwood Springs is looking for public comment from local contractors and bidders of city projects regarding proposed amendments to the city’s local preference code.

City Council’s intent is to give local businesses an advantage in the bidding process in an attempt to keep city funds in the local economy. However, local preference will only be one factor used in determining bids and will only be available to responsible and responsive bidders who meet all applicable criteria.

According to a draft ordinance, the city intends to use local businesses to complete construction services and purchasing supplies, as long as doing so does not significantly increase the cost of the project or supplies, when awarding contracts of $25,000 or more.

Exceptions would include, sole source procurement, emergency procurements, small purchase procurement, used supplies procurement, or professional service procurement, and any procurement made with external funding source requirements that preclude use of a local preference.

The draft ordinance defines a local business as: a business headquartered and primarily doing business, or, at least have 75 percent of the project work force must reside, or at least 75 percent of its business vehicles registered with the government agency within a 45-mile radius from the 8th Street and Grand Avenue intersection in Glenwood Springs.

If the business is Incorporated, or otherwise registered, it must be so within the State of Colorado.

In the case of purchasing goods and supplies, equipment and other vehicles, local businesses must be located and primarily doing business in the corporate city limits, or must be registered or Incorporated in Colorado.

The ordinance would also require businesses to apply for local designation by submitting a written request to the city for approval.

The draft ordinance is available for download on the city’s website at,, under the “News in a Flash” box. The link is titled, “Request for Comments – Local Preference.”

Comments are requested in writing and should be submitted to City Attorney Jan Shute by e-mail at, by no later than 5 p.m., Friday, May 7. City Council will review comments at its May 20 council meeting.

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