(A)   The City shall use its best efforts to encourage businesses located within the City of Palm Bay to participate in City solicitations and to encourage businesses to locate within the City of Palm Bay.
   (B)   The City shall use its best efforts to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses shall have an equitable opportunity to participate in the City's procurement process and that no business shall be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against in connection with the award and performance of any contracts with the City on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, or physical impairment.
   (C)   The City, in accordance with the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, as amended, and other federal and state discrimination statutes, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, and disability or handicap.
   (D)   The City strongly supports local, disadvantaged, small, minority and woman owned businesses having full opportunity to submit bids and proposals in response to solicitation documents issued by the City and commits that bidders and proposers will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or other protected status.
(Ord. 2016-59, passed 8-16-16; Am. Ord. 2020-72, passed 11-5-20)