APTAC Releases Call for Presentations for Spring 2017 Conference

Conference Theme: “Innovation for Tomorrow’s Procurement World”

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is holding its Spring 2017 Training Conference in San Diego, CA Sunday, April 9 – Thursday, April 13, 2017. The Training Conference will be held at the Manchester Grant Hyatt at 1 Market Place in San Diego, CA 92101.

PTACs are an important resource in the smooth implementation of acquisition reforms, ensuring both rapid communication about Government needs and good preparation of industries ready to respond. APTAC’s Spring 2017 learning event seeks to explore the latest trends in public acquisition, and deliver the insights that PTAC counselors need to best advise their clients for success in the Government contracting arena.

Presentation Topics: APTAC is now accepting presentation proposals from engaging and experienced experts to address our conference theme in topical areas such as the following:

  • Unconventional contracting methods – How can innovative firms get involved?
  • Category Management – What Does Government-Wide Implementation Look Like?
  • New Cyber Security Standards – How Can Small Businesses Both Prepare and Compete?
  • Experimentation and Prototyping To Reduce the Acquisition Cycle
  • The Business Impact of ‘Better Buying Power’ – DoD’s Acquisition Reform Policy
  • What ‘Government Transformation’ Means for Public Contracting
  • Will a New Era of Transparency Mean Better Contracting Access for Small Businesses?
  • Lowest Price Technically Acceptable – Coming or Going?
  • Contracting Implications for Increased Use of MACs and GWACs
  • Will New Legal Challenges Bring an End to the 8(a) Program?
  • How to Create Value and Differentiators in the Government Marketplace
  • Open submittal – you are invited to submit topics relevant to government contracting

Audience: The members of APTAC – representatives of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – are an elite, national corps of individuals who provide training, counseling and technical assistance to businesses interested in selling products/services to the public sector. APTAC members work with businesses to identify opportunities, provide training on a broad array of topics related to Government procurement, as well as providing technical assistance related to Government programs and acquisition. The goal of this conference is to provide APTAC members with practical tools, techniques and resources that can be directly used to guide businesses in understanding how to meet the Government sector’s current standards and thereby become more successful in the Government marketplace. Attendance at the Training Conference is estimated at 300-350 persons, representing PTACs hosted by colleges and universities, economic development organizations, non-profits, and units of state and local government from across the country.

Please see our full Call for Presentations for details on submitting a session proposal!


 For help with Government Contracting: contact your nearest Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Funded through Cooperative Agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state and local governments/institutions, PTACs provide free and low-cost assistance in virtually all areas of government contracting.