The City of Ventura’s Purchasing Policies and Procedures and Procurement Manual provides guidance on how goods and services can be purchased. In addition to preventing fraud, corruption, and waste, the purpose of the Purchasing AP&P and Procurement Manual is to promote transparency, accountability, competition, and to safeguard public interest. Solicitations are sent to businesses in Ventura, as well as throughout the Southern California region. Although preference is provided to Ventura businesses, other factors, including cost are factored into the final award.
Implementation of the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system slated for summer 2024 will enhance the City's ability to offer solicitations to a broader number of potential businesses through added media resources.