AUSTIN (Covering Katy News) – If you are a woman or a minority Democratic State Representative Ron Reynolds of Fort Bend County wants to make it easier for you to do business with the State of Texas.
The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program began in 1991 to increase minority and women-owned business participation in state procurement and contracting.
“Although there have been many inroads made by Historically Underutilized Businesses over the last two decades, the percentage of contracts that they receive is unsatisfactory,” said a press release from Reynold’s Office.
“I am proud to have filed of HB 216, this legislation will provide more opportunities for HUB’s to participate in the Texas procurement process and ensure they receive a fair share of state business,” Reynolds said. “The bill will create preference for in state contractors to help promote economic growth in Texas, and implement a vendor rotation to expand utilization of underutilized HUB groups.”
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House Bill 216 also creates a joint venture policy for large projects which will result in millions of dollars in contract awards to female and minority firms. Additionally, this legislation adds attorney services to the list of qualifying professional services within the HUB program.
I am focused on real solutions for all Texans. We need to be looking at good policies that will expand and strengthen our economy, and provide economic prospects for business owners.
Ron Reynolds represents Texas House District 27, which encompasses communities of Fort Bend County. Representative Reynolds currently serves as a member of the House Committees on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs and Environmental Regulations. He is also an attorney.