STATE PURCHASING Division
Update: GPC 2020 Postponement Notice
After much deliberation and many conversations with our partners and advisors, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, State Purchasing Division has decided to postpone our Annual Georgia Procurement Conference (GPC), originally scheduled for April 21-23, 2020 in Jekyll Island. The conference will now take place August 11-13 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.
The decision to postpone the conference amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis/pandemic is consistent with recommendations from public health organizations and the presidential declaration of a national emergency. Additionally, the health and well-being of our guests and staff is our top priority, particularly under these unprecedented circumstances and rapidly changing information. The most recent escalations of the coronavirus status impacted our decision:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the coronavirus as a global pandemic
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created guidelines for implementing mitigation strategies and, as of March 15th, has released updated guidance advising schools, workplaces and community organizations to cancel or postpone gatherings of more than 50 people
- On March 13, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in the United States; Governor Brian P. Kemp declared a public health state of emergency in Georgia on March 14
We understand how valuable our Annual Conference is to Georgia Procurement Professionals and our Supplier Community members. To that end, we want to ensure that we continue to deliver a quality conference and excellent service to our customers. We are thankful to the Jekyll Island Convention Center and the many partners who have committed to joining us for the conference at this later date.
We are currently identifying the processes that need to be in place to transfer current registrations for both suppliers and attendees and will communicate further once we have had the chance to work through the details. Updates will be sent via email to all registered suppliers and attendees. Please note that attendees must cancel their own travel and hotel reservations directly. We suggest that you review reservation policies as soon as possible. Hotel room blocks for the August dates will be communicated to all registered attendees and suppliers when established so that participants may make travel arrangements.
Finally, thank you for your patience as we navigate the many details that need to be addressed following this important decision. We are committed to working through the current situation as quickly as possible and look forward to seeing you in August.
The State Purchasing Division (SPD) oversees the procurement functions for the State of Georgia and manages all policies related to procurement. SPD negotiates Statewide Contracts and provides technical assistance to State Entities in conducting and evaluating entity-specific competitive bids. We also provide electronic sourcing tools that allow procurement professionals to post and award their own competitive bids. SPD manages and monitors use of State purchasing cards, procurement tools that allow State employees to obtain goods and services quickly and efficiently. SPD also offers training, including a certification program, to provide procurement professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to perform their job duties within the legal and policy constraints of the State of Georgia.
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AREAS OF FOCUS
By leveraging the buying power of state entities and identifying shared needs, SPD negotiates discount prices for quality products and services in the form of Statewide Contracts. These contracts are available to all state entities, including city, county, and other local government entities. In addition to discounted prices, SPD saves State Entities the time, labor and costs associated with managing the bidding process themselves.
- Login to GPR for State and Local Entities
- Bid Notices - Georgia Procurement Registry (GPR)
- Agency and University Procurement Officer List
- eSource (formerly eQuote)
- State Use Procurement List
- Team Georgia Marketplace (TGM)
- Georgia Procurement Manual Online (GPM)
- Bid and RFP Information and Resources
- Statewide Contract Index
- Rent a Car
- Supplier Resources
- Suspended and Debarred Suppliers
- Learning Management System (LMS)
Organizations and Associations
- Entrepreneur and Small Business Office
- Georgia Chapter of NIGP, Inc. (GANIGP)
- Governmental Purchasing Association of Georgia (GPAG)
- National Association of State Chief Information Officers
- National Association of State Procurement Officials
- National Contract Management Association
- National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP)
- Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC)
- Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
- National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)
- National Association of Credit Management (NACM)
- National Association of Procurement Card Professionals (NAPCP)