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

Here’s a preview of just some of the topics the Agenda Committee is developing or has under consideration as part of this year’s educational sessions:

  • What Is COSTARS?
  • DGS Small and Small Diverse Business Programs
  • Using JAGGAER
  • Supplier Evaluation Program
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Protecting Facilities
  • Organizational Risk: Stress Testing Your Supply Chain
  • COSTARS Member & Supplier Success Stories
  • Online Auctions
  • Green Procurement
  • Smart Cities – Meet the Future
  • Show Me The Money!
  • Marketing & Sales for COSTARS Suppliers
  • Supplier Forums: The In-Person RFIs
  • Positioning Your Company for Government Business
  • Positive Procurement Impacts—Saving Money and More!
  • UniqueSource Program
  • How to Bid on a COSTARS Contract
  • Purchasing for Public Safety Agencies
  • Managing Contractor Performance
  • What is an ITQ?
  • Best Procurement Practices for Local Government and Schools
  • COSTARS Purchasing for Roadmasters and Public Works Departments
  • Using Analytical Data and CPI/PPI Tools
  • Procuring for Waste Water/Storm Water Systems
  • Innovations in Transportation Technology
  • Procuring Drones—What You Need to Know
  • Cooperative Procurement
  • Market Research Strategies/Resources
  • Procurement Fraud—Can You Detect It?
  • Sustainable Purchasing: A New, Strategic and Profitable Approach
  • Maintaining Procure-to-Pay Logistics Operations During an Emergency
  • How to Search Contracts and Negotiate With COSTARS Suppliers to Save Taxpayer Money
  • Writing Effective Statements of Work/Specification Development


  • HACKATHON! Share a topic you would like to discuss with other attendees and participate in one of these creative problem solving sessions.
  • CEU CLASSES: One-day class on Practical Specification Writing being offered by NIGP and eligible for .8 CEUs and 7.5 contact hours (see description below).
  • SPEED NETWORKING!  Meet state and local procurement representatives for six-minute networking sessions.

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

Presented by NIGP, The Institute for Public Procurement

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.