A premier networking & educational event for public and private procurement decision-makers and suppliers
Event Information: 610.494.8044 | info@paprocurementexpo.com

Opening General Session

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 8:45 A.M.

  • Governor Tom Wolf (invited)
  • Curt Topper, Secretary, Department of General Services

Keynote Speaker:  Ron Jaworski, CEO Quarterback

As an NFL veteran, successful entrepreneur, and acclaimed national football analyst, Ron knows exactly what it takes to drive for and achieve success.  For 17 grueling seasons, he successfully held and competed for pro football's most sought-after and highest-pressure position--quarterback.  In 1980, he led his team, the Philadelphia Eagles, to an NFC Championship and for a time, held the record for the most consecutive starts for an NFL quarterback.  Ron's stellar ability to read the field has continued post-retirement with his being rated the #1 analyst to break down quarterbacks.

His unquenchable drive to succeed has also led him to entrepreneurial success as the owner of a business relationship company, a professional football team, and six signature golf courses.  He is also a published author of "The Games that Changed the Game" and served on the Board of one of the nation's leading financial services companies.

Come hear "Jaws" and learn how to achieve goals, lead by example, outperform bigger and more talented competitors, coach and lead the right people, and achieve success with integrity.

Educational Sessions

The Agenda Committee is planning a dynamic program of educational sessions.  We have begun posting some of the titles and descriptions, along with tentative days and times, and will be posting more soon.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

WHAT IS COSTARS?
Kim Bullivant, COSTARS Program 

COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program. Participants will learn about the COSTARS Program, including brief overviews of COSTARS contracts, the COSTARS website, and how to become a COSTARS member or supplier.

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!
Bret Challenger, Ashley Jackson, Barbara Yessel, Office of the Budget, Bureau of Payable Services

This presentation will cover important topics to ensure you receive prompt payment!  As the Commonwealth goes paperless, learn about signing up for ACH Direct Deposit, Paperless Remittance Advice data tools, and E-Invoicing.  Presenters will also provide information on how you can decrease the potential for fraud and ensure your information is secure.  Presenters will also review helpful information and the latest news accessible through the PA Supplier Portal and Services for Vendors Web Site.

PA SCHOOL SAFETY TASK FORCE:  A LOOK AT THE FINDINGS AND THE FUTURE
Marcus Brown, Director, PA Office of Homeland Security

The Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force addressed the ways the Commonwealth, schools and communities can create secure environments where learning can be prioritized.  The Task Force identified 31 recommendations to improve school safety and student well-being, and the Pennsylvania State Legislature provided significant funding to school districts to accomplish this goal.  This session will review the task force’s findings and look at the efforts schools have made to improve safety.

DGS SMALL AND SMALL DIVERSE BUSINESS PROGRAM
Presented by PA DGS, Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities

This presentation is designed to educate small and small diverse business owners on how to do business with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Topics include an overview of PA DGS’ Small and Small Diverse Business Program, how to register your business as a self-certified Small Business or a DGS verified Small Diverse Business, the benefits of registering, and how to locate contracting opportunities.

MANAGING CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE
Cheryl Kleeman, PA DGS, Bureau of Procurement

Do you want to learn how to effectively manage contractor performance? In this session, we will talk about procurement practices, existing Commonwealth programs, and other available tools that you can use to successfully and effectively manage contractor performance.

PROTECTING YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR FACILITY
Brad Orsini, Community Security Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

In today's world, community security is both a concern and a priority.  In 2017, Brad Orsini became the first Director of Jewish Community Security in Pittsburgh. A 28-year veteran of the FBI, Brad has organized safety trainings and coordinated activities relating to the protection and security of the Jewish Federation and of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community organizations, including day schools, synagogues and Jewish communal organizations.  He initiated and developed a FEMA-certified Community Emergency Response Team, conducted assessments and helped develop emergency operations plans for more than 50 organizations, developed and conducted training and drills for those organizations as a follow-up to the assessments, and responded to more than 100 reported incidents that were concerning to organizations and community members, leading to the initiation of several law enforcement cases.  Brad will be sharing his knowledge and expertise, as well as numerous resource materials, to help you better protect your people and your facility.

BRING IT ON!
DGS Legal Procurement Unit

Everything you always wanted to ask about procurement in an open Q&A format.

HACKATHON! 

During each Hackathon! Session topics proposed by attendees will be discussed in small groups by attendees interested in the same topic.  Great opportunity to participate in a creative problem-solving session and hear ideas from other colleagues.

SPEED NETWORKING

During each Speed Networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives at up to four (or more depending on number of participants in that session) tables for a six-minute networking session.  The list of government and COSTARS buyers participating in these sessions will be posted soon.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

BEST PROCUREMENT PRACTICES FOR SCHOOLS
Brian Pawling, Souderton School District; Steve Fry, Lancaster/Lebanon IU 13

Brian and Steve will share their experience and knowledge as school business officers and highlight the best practices and current trends in school procurement.

COSTARS MEMBERS SUCCESS STORIES

Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program has successfully served as a conduit for eligible local public procurement units and state-affiliated entities to leverage contracts established by the Department of General Services and achieve cost savings and best value. The COSTARS Team and several current Members will share their experiences and how they implemented the program at the local level. This session will be highly interactive with time for participants to share their own stories and suggestions.

SUPPLIER FORUMS: THE IN-PERSON RFIs
Margie Juran, PA DGS, Bureau of Procurement

What is a supplier forum and how can it help shape a procurement project? Supplier forums, created based upon input from the supplier community, help shape procurement projects by seeking input about specific upcoming solicitations. Come see how to conduct and/or participate in a supplier forum. You can gain valuable information upfront from experts that can help shape a procurement project before it begins.

ONLINE AUCTIONS 
Bahia Perkins, PA DGS, Bureau of Procurement

This presentation is designed for Commonwealth and COSTARS procurement professionals to review and discuss the use of Online Auctions.  Topics will include benefits of an auction, DGS' best practices, and the value and savings an auction can provide.

PROTECTING YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR FACILITY
Brad Orsini, Community Security Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

In today's world, community security is both a concern and a priority.  In 2017, Brad Orsini became the first Director of Jewish Community Security in Pittsburgh. A 28-year veteran of the FBI, Brad has organized safety trainings and coordinated activities relating to the protection and security of the Jewish Federation and of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community organizations, including day schools, synagogues and Jewish communal organizations.  He initiated and developed a FEMA-certified Community Emergency Response Team, conducted assessments and helped develop emergency operations plans for more than 50 organizations, developed and conducted training and drills for those organizations as a follow-up to the assessments, and responded to more than 100 reported incidents that were concerning to organizations and community members, leading to the initiation of several law enforcement cases.  Brad will be sharing his knowledge and expertise, as well as numerous resource materials, to help you better protect your people and your facility.

TAKING YOUR COOPERATIVE PROCUREMENT STRATEGY TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Tammy Rimes, National Cooperative Procurement Partners
Mike Wentzel, Geekies Consulting

Led by two former procurement leaders from opposite ends of the country -   City of San Diego and State of Maine - discover ways to leverage real savings (in time and money) by a cooperative procurement strategy for your organization. Learn innovative procurement tactics, obtain the latest survey data from the industry, and follow the "Road Map to a Cooperative Procurement Strategy" to understand the right questions to perform needed analysis before choosing any path. This interactive session also includes real examples and answers to your questions, to help guide that decision process.  If you want to share your questions prior to attending this session, feel free to email them to mike@geekiesconsulting.com and we will try to work them into our time together.

ATTAINING BEST VALUE WHEN COOPERATIVE PURCHASING
Jason Vespoli, Esq., Office of Chief Counsel, DGS

This session will provide COSTARS Members and other organizations that utilize cooperative purchasing an overview of best practices for soliciting and reviewing quotes within various cooperative purchasing programs. Topics discussed will include the overall value of cooperative purchasing vehicles, and strategies for achieving cost savings and administrative convenience.

HACKATHON! 

During each Hackathon! Session topics proposed by attendees will be discussed in small groups by attendees interested in the same topic.  Great opportunity to participate in a creative problem-solving session and hear ideas from other colleagues.

SPEED NETWORKING

During each Speed Networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives at up to four (or more depending on number of participants in that session) tables for a six-minute networking session.  The list of government and COSTARS buyers participating in these sessions will be posted soon.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

HOW TO BID ON A COSTARS CONTRACT
Presented by COSTARS Program Staff

COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program. Prospective COSTARS suppliers will learn how to become a COSTARS-authorized Supplier, including a tutorial on the necessary paperwork and pricing considerations.

PA BUSINESS ONE-STOP SHOP
Donald Poligone, PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development

Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, expanding your existing company, or are considering a move to the Keystone State, PA Business One-Stop Shop will provide useful information to help you work smart and live happy in Pennsylvania. This session will  provide a general introduction to the PA Business One-Stop Shop, a demonstration of the website,  and highlight services and resources that cover the stages of business development:  Planning, Registering, Operating and Growing.   You’ll also gain information about funding opportunities and planning and technical assistance professionals and services available.

NEGOTIATING TERMS & CONDITIONS WHEN UTILIZING COOPERATIVE PURCHASING
Jason Vespoli, Esq., Office of Chief Counsel, DGS

Counsel for the COSTARS Program Jason Vespoli will provide an overview of negotiating terms and conditions on cooperative purchases.  This session will provide an overview of the legal structure of the COSTARS Standard Terms and Conditions and how purchasing entities can negotiate certain terms and conditions when utilizing cooperative purchasing vehicles. Topics discussed will include managing legal risk, strategies to identify when additional terms are advisable, and terms and conditions needed for cooperative purchases of IT equipment or software.

USING JAGGAER AS A SUPPLIER
Tangela Isaac, PA DGS, Bureau of Procurement

This presentation is designed for Commonwealth suppliers to gain an understanding of the JAGGAER Solution.  Topics will include supplier registration, the proposal process, submitting a bid, and resources available to suppliers.

SECURING YOUR ORGANIZATION
Heather Honey, Haystack Investigations

Every organization is vulnerable to losses that impact productivity and profit.   This session will provide an overview of the primary components of an effective security and asset protection strategy for every organization.  From employee theft to supply chain security to protests to operational inefficiency ~ there is a broad range of issues that can take a toll if you do not have an adequate plan to prevent losses and mitigate risks.

ELECTRIC PROCUREMENT THROUGH COSTARS
Greg Knerr, PA DGS, Bureau of Procurement; Scott Harford, Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute

Are you tired of receiving numerous electricity offerings and multiple competitive bids from suppliers? Does your broker/dealer or consultant provide their fee structure separate from the energy price you pay? If you would like to save money with a more streamlined transparent utility shopping experience, we encourage you attend this informational session. Since 2009, the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute has provided electricity procurement services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania resulting in savings of over $119 million. Now, PSFEI and the PA Bureau of Procurement want to bring these savings opportunities to all COSTARS members.

USING VIRTUAL ROBOTS

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HACKATHON! 

During each Hackathon! Session topics proposed by attendees will be discussed in small groups by attendees interested in the same topic.  Great opportunity to participate in a creative problem-solving session and hear ideas from other colleagues.

SPEED NETWORKING

During each Speed Networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives at up to four (or more depending on number of participants in that session) tables for a six-minute networking session.  The list of government and COSTARS buyers participating in these sessions will be posted soon.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESILIENCE:  STRESS TESTING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN (half-day program from 8:30 a.m. through 11:45 a.m.)
Mike Krzeminski, Instructor and Emergency Services Consultant

Supply chain disruptions continue to grow at an alarming rate, with more than 300 events within the first half of 2018 directly impacting the continuity of supply.  More than 700 events indirectly impacted supply chains including tariffs, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, natural disasters, factory fires, price fluctuations, and cyberattacks.  Is your supply chain vulnerable?

Join us in this tabletop exercise and see whether your supply chain could withstand the test.  The exercise will involve a miniature city complete with detailed structures (commercial and residential), industry (factories and service industries), and infrastructure (bridges, roads, and railways.)   Trained instructors will take you through a disruption scenario and test the preparedness of a supply chain.  Lots of opportunity for interactive discussion and teamwork, as well as observant evaluators.

HOW TO SEARCH CONTRACTS AND NEGOTIATE WITH COSTARS SUPPLIERS TO SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY
Presented by COSTARS Program Staff

COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program. COSTARS members will learn how to search COSTARS-exclusive and COSTARS-participating statewide contracts to find suppliers and pricing via the COSTARS website. You will also learn how to use the COSTARS Member Quote Kit to negotiate with suppliers to obtain better pricing and save taxpayer money.

FUELING A LEAN TRANSFORMATION: LEARNING TO MOVE BEYOND TRAINING, TOOLS, AND PROJECTS
Robert Carr and Beverly Hudson, PA Department of General Services

Like many organizations, PA’s Department of General Services (DGS) began its lean journey by introducing basic lean principles and tools into its organization. Exposing roughly 30% of its workforce to these tools through about two dozen training events over 18 months resulted in the launch of dozens of improvement projects. DGS could count our number of trained resources and the number of projects initiated, but we struggled connecting these projects to the agency’s greater purpose and processes. In this session, we will share how we have been working to re-energize lean within the agency. We will review briefly our lean history to date, talk about some key lessons learned over the last year as we began to think more deeply about lean, and use a few real world DGS case studies to show how our actions have evolved beyond training, tools, and projects.

THE POWER OF E-PROCUREMENT – HOW TO SAVE MONEY WITH ELECTRONIC BID MANAGEMENT
John Shaffer, APEX PM Solutions, LLC and PennBid Program

 At times, publicly bidding projects is a critical and necessary step to ensure compliance with local government agency requirements. With the evolution of web-based tools, there are many efficiencies that electronic bid management programs afford such as streamlined advertisements, lower engineering costs, greatly improved communications with bidders, deeper bidder pools, automated bid tabulations, and improved risk management and transparency. These low or no-cost technologies can truly save time and money for agencies, design firms, and vendors alike. This interactive presentation demonstrates a proven methodology for evaluating electronic bid management systems while providing examples of current e-procurement capabilities.  This session will provide first-hand insight as to how these modern tools provide a cost- effective approach to bid management.

PROCURING AND UTILIZING DRONES
Jason Marraccini, Focus Media Services

Learn how aerial drones are being utilized today to not only capture magnificent vistas for public marketing campaigns but also aid in construction workflow, agriculture, geological surveys, building inspections, security, special events, and more. The use of drones on a project can save time, money, and help you run a safer worksite. This session will weigh the pros and cons of starting an in-house drone program versus hiring out, review current federal regulations, examine the current state of drone use in Pennsylvania, and help you to develop effective specifications for procuring drone services. If you want to learn how companies and public agencies of all sizes are using drones to streamline their workflow and market themselves, this session is a must.

SCANNING & DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
Anthony Hornicek, Scantek, Inc.

This session will provide COSTARS Members from local governments, schools and educational institutions, and non-profits with an overview of the benefits of going digital with their records management  - converting paper records to searchable digital images. Topics discussed will include document conversion best practices, estimating ROI, document management software options, and records retention policies and procedures.

Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to prepare for a successful digital migration project, including planning, scope, budgeting and timelines.

USING VIRTUAL ROBOTS

(description coming soon)

SPEED NETWORKING

During each Speed Networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives at up to four (or more depending on number of participants in that session) tables for a six-minute networking session.  The list of government and COSTARS buyers participating in these sessions will be posted soon.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

WHAT IS AN ITQ?
Margie Juran and Sonya Schurtz, PA DGS, Bureau of Procurement

 This session will provide a comprehensive look at Invitation to Quality (ITQ) contracts, including the types of products and services that can be purchased through these multiple award contracts.

COSTARS SUPPLIER SUCCESS STORIES
Tom Ferrentino, Carlisle Construction Materials; JoLynn Friedel, Schaedler Yesco; Patrick Sutton, Howard Industries

Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program provides opportunities for suppliers of any size to participate in the program and compete for business with thousands of COSTARS Members. Come hear how several suppliers have successfully competed for contracts and utilized those contracts to provide products and services to a wide range of customers. This session will be highly interactive with time for participants to ask questions and share their own success stories.

VIDEO BOOT CAMP:  MOVING YOUR MESSAGE IN 2019
Brad Sattin & Chris O’Connell, Focus Media Services

Learn how video and social media are re-shaping the way organizations communicate and are spawning the next generation of consumer behavior, government programs, business practices, media culture, economics, and innovation policy. This session will demonstrate how video and social media can effectively move a message— from public awareness campaigns, marketing new products and services, fundraising and grant-writing, and employee training on new technologies and processes. This session also will give you the knowledge to develop effective specifications for procuring video and other strategic communications services

ASSET REMARKETING FOR USED VEHICLES, EQUIPMENT, FLEET & SEIZED PROPERTY
Presented by Manheim Keystone

 Come hear how Manheim’s process for remarketing Commonwealth of PA assets can benefit any local government, school district, public authority, educational institution, healthcare organizations, and non-profits.  You’ll learn the remarketing process and how you can save money at each step of the process compared to your current system.  And, it’s not just vehicles!  You’ll learn how the process can be used for any asset that is owned by the government or agency or paid for by tax dollars, and how the government or agency is protected in offering those assets through this process.  The presentation will include cases studies of government agencies already using the process, and how COSTARS members can also enhance their benefits through this process.

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!
Bret Challenger, Ashley Jackson, Barbara Yessel, Office of the Budget, Bureau of Payable Services

This presentation will cover important topics to ensure you receive prompt payment!  As the Commonwealth goes paperless, learn about signing up for ACH Direct Deposit, Paperless Remittance Advice data tools, and E-Invoicing.  Presenters will also provide information on how you can decrease the potential for fraud and ensure your information is secure.  Presenters will also review helpful information and the latest news accessible through the PA Supplier Portal and Services for Vendors Web Site.

FIRST NET INTRODUCTION AND SUCCESSES IN PENNSYLVANIA
Presented by AT&T

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USING ANALYTICAL DATA AND CPI & PPI TOOLS/MARKET RESEARCH STRATEGIES

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PROCURATED - BECAUSE EVERY DECISION MATTERS - A SUPPLIER EVALUATION PROGRAM
David Yarkin, Government Sourcing Solutions

Choosing the best supplier is an important decision that has the potential to impact the lives of every citizen in Pennsylvania, but the long-standing reference system is broken. Suppliers often provide procurement officials cherry-picked references that impart limited insight on past performance and make it difficult to predict future outcomes.  In this informative and entertaining session, former DGS Deputy Secretary David Yarkin will lay out not only the challenges that the broken reference process creates but also describe how an innovative new technology platform, Procurated, is solving this problem forever.  Through a first-in-the-nation partnership with COSTARS, Procurated allows Pennsylvania political subdivisions to read reviews from other governments, non-profits and schools across the state so they can make well-informed purchasing decisions.

SPEED NETWORKING

During each Speed Networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives at up to four (or more depending on number of participants in that session) tables for a six-minute networking session.  The list of government and COSTARS buyers participating in these sessions will be posted soon.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

MARKETING & SALES FOR COSTARS SUPPLIERS
Kim Bullivant, COSTARS Program

Existing and prospective COSTARS Suppliers will gain tips for marketing their business to COSTARS members, including examples of ads, websites, events, flyers, and press releases.  Composite sales data and how it is developed will be reviewed and analyzed.

USING JAGGAER AS A SUPPLIER
Tangela Isaac, PA DGS, Bureau of Procurement

This presentation is designed for Commonwealth suppliers to gain an understanding of the JAGGAER Solution.  Topics will include supplier registration, the proposal process, submitting a bid, and resources available to suppliers.

AT&T 5G TECHNOLOGY AND ROAD MAP
Presented by AT&T

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THE CHANGING COMPLEXION OF THE COMMONWEALTH FLEET--ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Jim Fiore, DGS, Bureau of Vehicle Management

This presentation will provide a summary of the Commonwealth’s introduction of electric vehicles into its fleet.  Jim will discuss the reduction in the carbon footprint, the overall control of the fleet size, and the configuration of the vehicles used to deliver quality service to the Commonwealth’s constituents.  Jim will also present the infrastructure requirements needed for the fleet.

WRITING EFFECTIVE SCOPES OF WORK
DGS Staff

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE--WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PROCUREMENT STAFF?

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SPEED NETWORKING

During each Speed Networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives at up to four (or more depending on number of participants in that session) tables for a six-minute networking session.  The list of government and COSTARS buyers participating in these sessions will be posted soon.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

UNIQUESOURCE 
Presented by UniqueSource Staff

The UniqueSource program is expanding in ways that will affect all within and who do business with the Commonwealth.  UniqueSource and the Commonwealth continue to identify opportunities to create new and exciting employment options for Pennsylvanians’ with a disability.  During this session, UniqueSource will briefly explain upcoming programs that will facilitate growth of the UniqueSource program, and UniqueSource will explain their product and service offerings that all Commonwealth agencies and vendors will want to understand for the future.

POSITIONING YOUR COMPANY FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS 
Robert Brown, SEDA Council of Governments

Help is here! Small businesses will leave this session with an understanding of how to utilize the Procurement Technical Assistance network to assist them in doing local, state and federal government business. Presenters will discuss how to leverage third-party certifications to position a small business for the government contracting arena. Presenters will also discuss the process to get started with federal contracting and provide suggestions on how to market to local, state and federal government agencies and prime contractors. Examples will be provided of how SEDA-COG and PA PTAC have assisted contractors.

BEST PROCUREMENT PRACTICES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Scott Coburn, Esq., Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

Public procurement is a balance between being fiscally responsible and complying with legal requirements.  COSTARS can be a valuable tool in meeting both of these needs for local public government.  This session will highlight the legal requirements for local government, how to navigate the COSTARS contracts, and working with vendors to obtain the best possible price.

 PROCURING FOR WASTE WATER/STORM WATER SYSTEMS

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BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL ADOPTION

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JOB ORDER CONTRACTING

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MAINTAINING PROCURE-TO-PAY LOGISTICS OPERATIONS DURING AN EMERGENCY

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SPEED NETWORKING

During each Speed Networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives at up to four (or more depending on number of participants in that session) tables for a six-minute networking session.  The list of government and COSTARS buyers participating in these sessions will be posted soon.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

PA BUSINESS ONE-STOP SHOP
Donald Poligone, PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development

Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, expanding your existing company, or are considering a move to the Keystone State, PA Business One-Stop Shop will provide useful information to help you work smart and live happy in Pennsylvania. This session will  provide a general introduction to the PA Business One-Stop Shop, a demonstration of the website,  and highlight services and resources that cover the stages of business development:  Planning, Registering, Operating and Growing.   You’ll also gain information about funding opportunities and planning and technical assistance professionals and services available.

COSTARS PURCHASING FOR ROADMASTERS AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS

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PURCHASING FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES
Kathy Garman, Stacey Logan-Kent, Mike Starr, DGS

If you are a police or fire chief or work with your local volunteer ambulance service, attend this workshop and join COSTARS Commodity Specialists Kathy Garman and Stacey Logan-Kent and Mike Starr as they outline the multitude of products and specialty vehicles available through COSTARS and the Federal Law Enforcement Property Programs.  They will answer your questions and discuss the newest trends in police cameras, defibrillators, and more.

 

SMART CITIES - MEET THE FUTURE

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Practical Specification Writing (eligible for .8 CEUs and 7.5 contact hours)

Presented by NIGP, The Institute for Public Procurement

This one-day class is being offered on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Specifications are critically important to any procurement. Poorly written specifications can lead to lack of competition, purchasing an inappropriate commodity, protests, contract disputes and cost overruns. This course develops skills based on the foundation established in the Introduction to Specifications online course. It starts with problem statements within a specification, builds to problem specifications and culminates with strategies to approach specifications for unclear and difficult procurements.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify problems and errors in specifications
  • Explain the ramifications of those problems and errors
  • Make recommendations to correct those problems and errors
  • Identify strategies for approaching unclear procurements

Requirements of participants to receive Certificate of Completion

  • Attendance at the entire course is mandatory. NIGP does not issue partial CEU credits or contact hours.
  • In order to receive credit for the course, participants must pass a final assessment.
  • A course evaluation must be completed prior to the completion of the course.
  • Students will receive the Certificate of Completion after completing the final assessment and course evaluation.