Diverse Business Program

A project that’s full of opportunities

The scope and scale of the Panther Island/Gateway Park project in Fort Worth, Texas is as historic as it is revolutionary. With an estimated 600 construction jobs per year for the life of the project, local businesses will play an enormous part of this history.

The Diverse Business Program strives to provide bid opportunities for all businesses interested in working on the Panther Island/Gateway Park project.

The Diverse Business Program includes businesses that are minority and/or woman owned, socially disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, small, service-disabled, and/or those that have historically been underutilized has been created to build the capacity of opportunities for these businesses.

Close collaboration between the partnering agencies and the Fair Contracting Committee has enabled a proactive approach in preparing these vendors for work on this project. A goal has been established by having 25% of all participating vendors’ contracts be with diverse businesses.


All businesses, regardless of size, economic, social or ethnic status have an equal opportunity to participate in procurement processes.


The following is a list of the entities that will be letting contracts and the certifications that each accepts:

Tarrant Regional Water District

Certifications Accepted: All local, state and federal certifications

City of Fort Worth

Certifications Accepted: North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA), Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council (DFW MSDC) and the Women’s Business Council Southwest (WBCS)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Certification Agency: U.S. Small Business Administration

Certifications Accepted: 8(a) certified or 8(a) Joint Venture, HUBZone

Self-Certifications Accepted: Small Business, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Veteran Owned Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business.


Each certification type (local, state and federal) has its own process and requirements. It’s important to know this information before applying.

Certification Agency Contacts (PDF)


Quarterly reporting, periodic audits, and streamlined internal processes ensure accountability for meeting the commitments set on each contract.

Quarterly Diverse Business Reports (PDF)


Upcoming Opportunities

Contracting opportunities for the public infrastructure elements of the Panther Island/Gateway Park project are listed on this page (when active). Because bids come from various partnering organizations, please direct questions to the entity listed on the contracting opportunity.

Building and Site Demolition Police & Fire Training Facility

Building and Site Demolition Police & Fire Training Facility – Phase 2

1076 Calvert Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107
CSP #21-118 1.02
Description of Work:

A. The proposed work is a critical element in meeting deadlines for the proposed Bypass Channel construction schedule established by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

B. The proposed work consists of the demolition of buildings and site appurtenances at the Fort Worth Police and Fire Training Facility located at 1076 Calvert Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Learn more on
  • Asphalt and concrete pavement repairs
  • Barricades
  • Boring
  • Concrete
  • Construction Management Water/Sewer
  • Manhole structures
  • Port-a-Potty Rental
  • Precast concrete piping and box culverts
  • Rebar/reinforcement
  • Sand and gravel suppliers (for pipe bedding materials)
  • Shoring
  • Sluice gate structures (misc. custom metal fabrications)
  • Topsoil and seeding
  • Temporary fencing
  • Water and sewer pipe



Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Marcia Burren

Fort Worth District DBE Coordinator

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Carolyn Staten

Deputy, Office of Small Business Programs

Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD)
Crystal Alba

Diverse Business Specialist

City of Fort Worth
Gwen Wilson

Business Development Manager

Economic Development – MWBE Office