The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of procurement practitioners, established in 1958 to improve and assist public purchasers through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes employees in Virginia state, city, local governments, educational institutions, and special authorities.
Jan Giffin, CPPO, CPPB, VCO
What a great start to the year. I heard about many events that entities held for Purchasing Month in March 2014. We should all be proud of our profession. We also had a very successful 2014 Spring Conference in Fairfax. At the recent Spring Conference, several of our Association's prestigious awards were presented. Mr. William Lindsey, from Gloucester County, was named 2013 Manager of the Year. Ms. Amy Murphy, from Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), was named 2013 Buyer of the Year. Ms. Kathy Elgin, from the Town of Leesburg, was presented the VAGP Distinguished Service Award. It was certainly an honor to announce the recipients of these awards. Please join me in congratulating these recipients.
In April the Board of Directors met in Wakefield, Virginia for a Strategic Planning Session. President-Elect Stephanie Suter led the Board through a SOAR analysis that focuses on Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results. The Board was actively engaged in good discussions that generated many ideas. This strategic planning is important for VAGP's continued growth.
It is hard to believe how fast the year has gone. Summer is upon us as we end the fiscal year and start a new fiscal year. With summer comes the NIGP Forum. The 2014 NIGP Forum theme is "Connecting Procurement Communities." This is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues from other chapters. There will be numerous educational sessions and opportunities to meet new and current supplier partners.
In addition, the Conference Advisory Committee is hard at work on the Fall Symposium and Reverse Trade Show that will be held in Richmond later in September. If you are looking for additional educational opportunities, keep in mind the many NIGP seminars and VAGP low-fee seminars that are available.
Have a great summer!
March is Governmental Purchasing Month! Governor Terry McAuliffe officially recognized March 2014 as Governmental Purchasing Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Download the Proclamation (PDF)
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