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City invites vendors to purchasing workshop
Firms interested in doing business with the city should attend
Posted Date: 3/9/2017
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Kim McMillan invites everyone interested in learning more about how to do business with the City of Clarksville to attend a Vendors Workshop.

The event will be from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29 at Freedom Point in Liberty Park. The event is free and open to all local business representatives, but registration is required by contacting the City Purchasing Office at 931-553-2477 or by emailing purchasing@cityofclarksville.com. Seats will be reserved for the first 175 registrants.

“Our purchasing department works to obtain the best value and maintain integrity in the use of public money,” Mayor McMillan said. “Our vendors are partners in this process of delivering quality goods and services for citizens. This workshop is a good way to strengthen that relationship and ensure the best results for the city, businesses and taxpayers.”

Camille Thomas, the City Purchasing Director, says the event should be of interest to businesses who want to sell products and services to the City, including everyone from vendors of office supplies to construction contractors, consultants, architects and engineers. The City’s past and present vendors, as well as newcomers, are welcome.
Thomas and her staff will lead participants through a variety of topics, including:

• City purchasing policies.
• How to learn about City bidding opportunities.
• How to obtain and use City bidding forms.
• Rules to follow when bidding on City projects that include state and federal funds.
• Why some products and services are subject to bidding, while others may be procured using procedures such as quotes or a Requests for Proposals.

The event is part of Public Procurement Month, which is proclaimed each March to promote excellence in government purchasing practices. The City of Clarksville is dedicated to professional public procurement practices, which promotes honesty, and fights corruption, favoritism, fraud and waste by conducting the process in an open manner consistent with the rules, regulations and good business practices.