After much deliberation and many conversations with our partners and advisors, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) State Purchasing Division (SPD) 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, 2020at 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 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 and posted on the GPC website. 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.