This month, procurement staff from states in the Eastern and
Midwestern regions gathered for education, networking and sharing of resources
at their respective Regional Conferences. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the
State of Maryland played host to the Eastern Region April 30-May 2, while the
Midwestern Region convened in downtown Indianapolis May 7-9.
The conference agendas reflected the issues of most
importance to state procurement professionals, customized to the educational
priorities of each region. Issues like eProcurement, performance metrics and agency
relations took center stage at both events with participants engaging in
dynamic discussions to share solutions, best practices and lessons learned. The
topic of staff development, retention and motivation was a big area of emphasis
in discussion for the Eastern Region, where much of the time spent in the
“What’s Your Solution” session focused on practical strategies to improve
employee engagement and morale. The Midwestern Region spent a lot of time discussing
change management and the unique challenge of working to support new strategies
when so many different stakeholders are involved.
Participants said that “the level of participation and information
sharing was outstanding,” emphasizing the amazing resources that NASPO Members
are for one another.
Look forward to more opportunities for this type of learning
and engagement at the pilot, joint Regional Conference in 2018!