The Virginia Department of General Services, Division of Purchases and Supply would like to invite you to attend the 2019 Public Procurement Forum, Virginia’s largest event for public procurement professionals and supplier partners. The Forum has been promoting procurement training and networking opportunities for 30 years with opportunities to increase your procurement skill sets and meet with hundreds of supplier partners. The Forum presentations emphasize the importance of communication as it applies to everyday life and work situations. You will discover new ways to improve contracts and reduce costs. The three-day event will include several concurrent sessions, a Supplier Connect Exposition on Tuesday afternoon, and plenty of time during and after the conference to network and connect with your colleagues.

About the Forum:
The Public Procurement Forum is an annual educational event developed and delivered by the Department of General Services Division of Purchases and Supply (DGS/DPS). Launched in 1987 and held every year with the exception of two years when budget contingencies prevented holding it, the Forum is attended by state and local government procurement professionals and nonprofessionals whose work relates in some way to procurement. The Forum is part of the nationally recognized educational program directed by the Virginia Institute of Procurement within DGS/DPS.

The Forum is first and foremost about continuing education in procurement. Many procurement professionals have earned state (VCA, VCO, VCM) or national (CPPB, CPPO, C.P.M., etc.) certification and are required to earn continuing education hours in order to recertify their professional credentials. The Forum is a cost-effective way to gain significant educational benefits for a modest cost.

Sessions are presented on dozens of topics aimed at the varying skill levels and experience of the participants. Speakers come from the ranks of nationally recognized procurement thought leaders, DGS/DPS and other agency professionals and from local governments.

A secondary benefit of the Forum is the opportunity for peer networking and collaboration. Through formal and informal engagement, the Forum strengthens individuals in their careers while collectively strengthening Virginia procurement overall. Virginia leads the way in procurement education and the Forum is a key reason for this achievement. 



Registration Fees:
Full Forum Registration Fee (November 17-20, 2019) - $425.00
Late Registration Fee (on or after October 18, 2019) - $500.00
The registration deadline is November 1, 2019.
Registration Fee for the 2019 Forum includes breaks, and lunch Monday and Tuesday.

Supplier Connect Standard Exhibit Booth – November 19, 2019 - $600
Supplier Connect Standard Double Booth – November 19, 2019 - $1200
Supplier Connect Deluxe Single Exhibit Booth – November 19, 2019 - $700
Supplier Connect Deluxe Double Exhibit Booth - $1400
Supplier Connect Premium Single Exhibit Booth - $800
Supplier Connect Premium Double Exhibit Booth - $1600

Equipment Showcase 20x20 - $2300
Equipment Showcase 30x40 - $3400
Equipment Showcase 40x50 - $4500

Extra Lunch Ticket $39

For more information, visit https://forum.dgs.virginia.gov/
Payment for ALL participants and suppliers must be received no later than November 8, 2019


The Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

The Forum uses a central lodging reservation system. To ensure you receive the conference rate, please do not contact hotels directly.

Hotel Reservations [Passkey Link Goes Here]

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Conference Registration at (540) 231-5182 or the Conference Registrar, Sarah Downer, at sldowner@vt.edu and (540) 231-0990.

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Virginia Beach Convention Center
100 19th Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

LODGING INFORMATION: Please check the Forum 2019 Hotel section on the website to register through the conference hotel page to select one of the Forum

Conference hotels: https://dgs.virginia.gov/procurement/public-procurement-forum/hotels/

Virginia Beach Convention Center
Registration desk will be located in the main lobby.
Sunday, November 15th: 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
Monday, November 16th: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 17th: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Each participant will be provided with a name tag and program materials.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: Please visit the Website: http://forum.dgs.virginia.gov

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Please notify us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the program. Requests for refunds will be honored when received by 5:00 pm on November 1, 2019. Although refunds will not be possible after 5:00 pm on November 1st, another person may be substituted at any time for this program. A $60 cancellation processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments, inclement weather, or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, if applicable, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For weather or disaster related information, please call (540)231-9489.

Should you have any questions concerning your registration, please contact Conference Registration at (540) 231-5182, or cpeinfo@vt.edu.

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