Sessions - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Extreme Networking - 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Join us for this fast-paced, highly interactive session where you can tackle burning issues, exchange knowledge and expertise, and meet colleagues. Grab a cup of coffee on your way into the ballroom and be prepared to think, share, and move about!

Concurrent Sessions - 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Back from the Brink: A Case Study of Procurement Reform in Detroit


Procurement processes and systems, in part, contribute to the overall operational challenges or successes of an organization. If an organization cannot procure its goods and services when needed, essential services will suffer. This was a challenge in Detroit as the City’s processes were a patchwork of informal guidelines and legislative code, supported by antiquated technology. But how do you improve, change, and stabilize these operational challenges amid citywide upheaval? In this session, hear the powerful story of the City of Detroit's procurement reform journey before, during, and after bankruptcy.

Creating a Contract Administration Plan



As procurement officials, we pride ourselves on the steps that lead to awarding a contract. However, we often fail to think about the contract that follows. Having a Contract Administration Plan fixes this problem. Gain insight on how to work backwards from the end product and take part in a hands-on activity to create your own Contract Administration Plan.

Do Your Own Procurement Training Program

Training can be expensive for any organization, and the value it provides can easily be dismissed or ignored. One decentralized organization successfully developed their own in-house procurement training program, and working in collaboration across jurisdictions produced amazing results for everyone. Get the tips and tricks you need to get started!

Driving Procurement Modernization: NYS Vehicle Marketplace

New York’s Vehicle Marketplace has been in place since 2014 and has supported more than 4000 vehicle requests from more than 800 municipalities across New York State. This session explores the details of the marketplace model to help attendees decide if this model is right for their organization.

The Procurement Opportunity Committee: A Virginia Beach W/MBE Success Story

Desiring a more proactive approach to minority contractor outreach, the City of Virginia Beach reorganized its procurement diversity program around coaching and mentoring in September 2015. The result became the Procurement Opportunity Committee (POC). In 2017, the POC was recognized by the Alliance for Innovation with an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award. Pick up tips on how your organization can create a similar program and get the tools used to manage it.

Redefining Retirement, One Step at a Time


What does today’s “retirement” look like? Have you developed an action plan for your future? This educational session will to help you make informed decisions about protecting your savings and meeting your retirement goals.

Strengths-Based Strategic Thinking: SOAR don’t SWOT

(Please download and/or print this handout, it will be needed in the session)

Since the late 50’s, the SWOT Analysis has been widely accepted as a primary strategic thinking technique. In this interactive dialog, we will explore an alternative strengths-based strategic planning process called the SOAR Framework (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, results) and discuss how this can be directly applied to your agency. The SOAR Framework has a proven record of success in both private and public sectors. (Session limited to 80 attendees).

The University Melting Pot: Encouraging Diversity in Your Supplier Pool

In a dynamic business environment, it can be difficult to connect with a diverse business population. The University of Oregon has been committed to aggressive outreach to form business partnerships with minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and emerging businesses within the state. Through a multi-prong approach the University has continued to grow this program. Join staff from the University’s Purchasing & Contracting Services as they share what has worked and what they continue to develop as this program matures.

HIVE Session - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

HIVE: Highly Informative Valuable Education

Come explore three buzzworthy topics in this unique TED Talk-style format featuring three speakers.

  • Procurement Talent: Building a Legacy Based on People with Greg Higgins, Ph.D., Senior Project Manager, Periscope Holdings, Inc.

  • Presentation

    Come learn how to apply talent management principles to public sector procurement. With a focus on individual-level tactics for managers, this session will include content on the importance of talent management in the public sector, the definition and principles of talent management, actionable tactics for hiring smarter, onboarding and development, and a call to action.

  • The Whys and Hows of Surety Bonds – Why Bonding Matters with Lynn Schubert, J.D., President and Joanne Brooks, J.D., Vice President and Counsel, The Surety & Fidelity Association of America
  • You know surety bonds are required for public works projects and to obtain certain licenses, but do you know how to get the most value from your surety protection? Are surety bonds relevant with new procurement methods such as P3s? Learn why bonding matters. This session will explore the purpose behind surety bonds, how they protect taxpayers, public officials, consumers and businesses; how bonding assists small and emerging contractors participate in public construction, protects them and helps them grow; and the process to get bonds and get the most value for your bond. Learn the unseen services of a surety to both contractors and owners. Hear real stories of how sureties saved the day for taxpayers, subcontractors, and suppliers, and why they are critical on any P3 project. At the end of this session, you will be prepared not only to write essential bond requirements, but also know what is necessary for contractors and others to obtain bonds.


Keep the HIVE going by joining a two-hour deep dive session on one of the above topics.

Deep Dive Session - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Closing Session - 3:45 PM

Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities

NIGP Forum | August 27 - 30, 2017 | Salt Lake City, Utah

The largest educational conference exclusively for public procurement professionals