The Inaugural Georgia Procurement Conference was held April 25-27, 2017 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. It was attended by over 400 public procurement professionals and included a Supplier Expo with over 100 vendors represented. The conference kicked off with Governor Nathan Deal stressing the importance of professionals in the purchasing arena that help to not only support the citizens of the state but to also help grow the relationships within the supplier community.
Attendees had the opportunity to pursue over 40 different training classes in 8 different tracks and gain credits for re-certification and professional credentialing. Throughout the conference there were opportunities during Breakfast, Lunch, and on breaks to hear from Keynote Speakers on relevant topics affecting the procurement world including Market Research and Fraud. The conference allowed for networking, peer discussions, and interactive sessions with State Purchasing to gain better understanding of upcoming changes in policy and process. The conference was not only engaging, it was a lot of fun.
Work is already underway for the 2018 Conference, and we look forward to seeing even more attendees and suppliers there!