February 2020

New year, new benefits!
Don’t forget to take advantage of your NASPO member benefits this year! From professional development funds to Procurement U courses, there are resources available for everyone in your central procurement office. Check out our updated Member Benefits Guide, housed on the member-only NASPO Network.

Questions? Reach out to Olivia Hook Frey, Director of Membership and Partnerships at [email protected].
Tell us how we are doing!
NASPO is now using Qualtrics software to track our team’s performance through a Net Promoter Score. We have incorporated short surveys into our online Pulse Blog articles, ValuePoint Portfolio pages, and all NASPO/ValuePoint staff emails (see link in signature lines). We will also be adding Net Promoter questions to our existing Event and LMS Training surveys. Members are encouraged to fill out these short surveys after interaction with staff, educational courses, programming, research materials, and conferences/events, which will be used to report performance to the NASPO Board, NASPO ValuePoint Management Board, and members in the near future. 
Partnership Update
NASPO is excited to announce the recent execution of an MOU with the National Governors Association (NGA). We are thrilled to be able to call the NGA a strategic partner! As part of this MOU, George Schutter, NASPO President; Lindle Hatton, NASPO-NASPO ValuePoint CEO; and Olivia Hook Frey, Director of Membership and Partnerships, were fortunate to attend the NGA’s Winter Workshop in Washington D.C., February 7-9. Throughout the event, the governors and attendees met to discuss the vital issues in their states and to collaborate with partners from the federal government and the private sector. We look forward to building our relationships with this important strategic partner.
NASPO Board of Directors Update
Reminder for all Primary Members: the monthly Board of Directors Meeting Packets (which include the Board meeting agenda, supplemental meeting materials, the prior month’s meeting notes, and the organization’s financial statement) are uploaded to the Directors Community on the NASPO Network within 7 days of the conclusion of the Board Meeting. We encourage our Primary Members to review the packets and reach out to George Schutter, NASPO President, or Lindle Hatton, NASPO-NASPO ValuePoint CEO, with any questions.
2020 NASPO Exchange
2020 NASPO Exchange looks forward to welcoming a record number of state members to Nashville for this year’s conference! We encourage you to book your travel now for most desirable flights, seats, and airfares! One-on-One scheduling opened on February 25. Look for an email on how to access your appointments, and see what companies seek business opportunities with your state.
2020 Academic Forum
2020 Academic Forum will be held on May 12-14 at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. The registration website is open! Event invitations will be sent directly to the CPO of each state. The CPO will identify the individual they wish to attend on behalf of their state. A waitlist will be available for one additional attendee per state, provided seat availability. This waitlist will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
New Ethics Course Now available
This is a one-hour, online, knowledge-packed course, that you don’t want to miss! This course dives into concepts of ethical procurement and how to apply best practices in the modern procurement office. If you are interested in registering for this course please click here. We hope you join us in learning about this course, and can't wait to hear your feedback.  

Cronin Awards Finalist Webinar Series
The Cronin Awards Finalist Webinar series wrapped up this week with a presentation from the State of New York. Prior 2019 Cronin Award Finalist presentations are available here, and archived webinars of previous years’ Cronin Award winners are also available in the same location. 
 
Stay tuned for a Call for Submissions for the 2020 Cronin Awards soon.
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2020 Summit + Connect
Every year the SPLC’s Summit + Connect brings together visionary purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers of sustainable solutions, researchers, students and NGO experts to share, learn, confer and create new relationships to drive change throughout global markets.

Ready to surround yourself with peers who understand the unique sustainable procurement challenges you face? Ready to network with sustainable purchasing experts–purchasers, suppliers, certifiers, NGOs, and researchers–collaborating to produce positive, triple-bottom-line impacts?

Registration is now LIVE for the 2020 Summit + Connect, May 18-20, 2020, in Atlanta. Join us at the industry’s premier sustainable procurement conference.

Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, SPLC’s 2020 Summit + Connect offers a compelling schedule of best practice training, inspiring keynotes, engaging exhibits and abundant networking opportunities to help you advance your sustainable procurement program, or meet customer needs for sustainable solutions.

NASPO members will receive a 10% discount on non-Member Summit registration rates–contact [email protected] to request the registration code. 

Keep in mind that organizations that join SPLC and register at the same time can receive a 10% discount on SPLC membership as well as the member registration discounts. Learn more on the Summit registration page today!
Have You Checked Your Pulse Lately?
The Procurement Pulse team works hard to bring to you information about the programs, services, trends and information important to public procurement professionals. You can sign up to receive weekly updates from Procurement Pulse and have the latest on emerging issues and hot topics in state procurement delivered straight to your inbox.

Some of the most recent Pulse posts include “Succession Planning: Don’t Just Plan for Your Future,”information on new funds being offered to NASPO members in, “NASPO Members Eligible for Mini-Scholarships,” a piece on resources to make you a better supervisor, and a piece keeping all members up-to-date on NASPO's Academic Affairs program

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