The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) Procurement Department is responsible for the purchasing of construction, improvement, repair, or building, goods, supplies materials and services, to be used for port purposes, as specified by Chapter 95-488, Laws of Florida (“Enabling Act”).
As a public entity, the TPA is constantly striving to ensure that the procurement of goods and services is efficient, cost effective and in compliance with all TPA policies and applicable laws. In addition, it is important to TPA to make certain that such goods and services are solicited in such a manner that is fair and equitable to all potential providers. We invite all businesses to participate in the TPA’s purchasing process.
To view a list of projects currently out for bid (posted on Onvia Demandstar).
UPDATED Definition of SBE
An eligible Small Business Enterprise (SBE) for all Authority transactions is one that is independently owned and operated, that employs twenty-five (25) or fewer permanent full-time employees at the time of contract award, and a) whose gross annual sales in goods/services/supplies averaged over the previous three (3) year period is three million dollars ($3,000,000) or less; and b) whose gross annual sales in construction services and materials averaged over the previous three (3) year period is five million dollars ($5,000,000) or less. A business entity must be in business at least six (6) months before an SBE application for that entity will be considered. Any qualified business entity within the TPA’s seven county area will be considered for SBE status. The seven county area includes: Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Any small business with a certificate/registration as an SBE for the City of Tampa or Hillsborough County may be added to the Authority’s SBE list. This provision will become null and void if at any time either entity’s standards no longer match those of the Authority.
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The TPA does not maintain a “bidder/vendor” list. Procurement opportunities are posted on this website and TPA advertises Invitations to Bid (ITB), Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) in local newspapers: Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, La Gaceta and the Florida Sentinel Bulletin as well as on the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) website when appropriate.
Additionally, TPA utilizes the Onvia DemandStar (DemandStar) government e-procurement system. DemandStar is an electronic subscription service that connects businesses with a network of government agencies that input bids directly into the DemandStar system. DemandStar offers a variety of subscriptions based on notification services, please visit (www.demandstar.com) for details.
For questions regarding the procurement process, please contact:
Phone: (813) 905-5044
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