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Workshop



Navigating Funding & Procurement Opportunities for State & Local Government

May 15, 2023 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm MST | Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

State and local governments have an amazing opportunity to evolve their procurement requirements in response to the recent federal funding available for smart cities. In addition, new models for procurement innovation are emerging as successful methods for purchasing technology, and emerging technology. The potential impact of these changes is exciting but navigating the way forward can feel daunting, especially for municipalities that are used to a more traditional approach. Join a team of experts for an interactive and informative half-day workshop designed to answer questions on how to align your community's needs with new funding sources and procurement procedures.

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Agenda

1:00 - 1:15

Welcome
Chelsea Collier, Editor-At-Large, Smart CIties Connect

Overview, introduction, agenda
High level goals and objectives


1:15 - 2:15

Smart Procurement Panel
Moderator: Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights

Speakers:
  • Ronnie Barnes, Director, Public Services, HGACBuy
  • Tom Perttula, Manager of Supplier Development, Sourcewell
  • Andrew Watkins, President and COO, MarketPlaceCity

2:15- 2:30

Break


2:30 - 4:15

Ask an Expert Roundtable
Speed dating format - participants rotate to (5) topic-focused tables that "switch" every 20 minutes

Roundtable experts:
  • Ronnie Barnes, Director, Public Services, Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • Jill Beaupre – Senior Category Development Administrator, Sourcewell
  • Joshua Cadoree, Procurement Coordinator, HGACBuy
  • Sergio Paneque, Former Chief Procurement Officer, State of NY and State of MI
  • Tom Perttula, Manager of Supplier Development, Sourcewell
  • Santosh Puttappa, Manager, HGACBuy

Overview of "how this works"
Session #1 - How to introduce innovation into the procurement process
Session #2 - Budgeting for "As-a-Service"
Session #3 - Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of Cooperative Purchasing
Session #4 - A Deeper Look at Challenge Grants, Reverse Pitches and RFIs for effective RFP development
Session #5 - Tackling IIJA Opportunities


4:25 - 4:55

City Leader Panel - Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Moderator: Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights

Government leaders often face barriers when trying to source and procure smart city technology and innovative solutions including limited budgets for emerging technology and outdated models. Join a panel of experienced city leaders who discuss the challenges and potential best practices.

Speakers:

  • Jason Cooley, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Frisco, TX
  • Emily Yates, Chief Innovation Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
  • Ryan Kurtzman, Smart Cities Program Manager, Long Beach, CA
  • Raimundo Rodulfo, Director of Innovation and Technology / Chief Innovation Officer, City of Coral Gables, FL

4:55

Closing Remarks & Thank you


5:00

End


 


About the Instructors


 Ronnie Barnes
Director, Public Services, HGACBuy
 
 Tom Perttula
Manager of Supplier Development, Sourcewell
 
 Ruthbea Yesner
Vice President, Government Insights and Smart Cities, IDC Government Insights
 
 Andrew Watkins
President and COO, Marketplace.city
 

Speakers and Roundtable Experts


 Jill Beaupre
Senior Category Development Administrator, Sourcewell
 
 Chelsea Collier
Editor-At-Large, Smart CIties Connect
 

Jason Cooley
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Frisco, TX

 
 Sergio Paneque
Former Chief Procurement Officer, State of NY and State of MI
 
 Santosh Puttappa
Manager, HGACBuy
 
 Joshua Cadoree
Procurement Coordinator, HGACBuy
 
 Emily Yates
Chief Innovation Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
 
 Ryan Kurtzman
Smart Cities Program Manager, Long Beach, CA
 Raimundo Rodulfo
Director of Innovation and Technology / Chief Innovation Officer, City of Coral Gables, FL
 
 

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