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October 2021

NASPO Internship Program Success

Massachusetts Hires Michigan State Intern

The NASPO Internship Program proves to be a success, once again! We congratulate McKenna Petack from Michigan State University who has accepted a position with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Deputy Strategic Sourcing Manager after completing her 2021 summer internship.

CPO Gary Lambert spoke to McKenna's hiring, "The Operational Services Division is excited for the hiring of McKenna Petack who joins Holly Turner as our second intern hire in a row from the NASPO internship network. The relationship that has been established with Michigan State University and their supply chain degree program is certainly aligning with our needs here."
2022 Top Ten Survey Coming

The 2022 Top Ten Survey will be sent to NASPO primary members next week. Your state will receive an individual survey link through Qualtrics in your inbox. Completed surveys are due by October 25. If you have any questions about the Top Ten Survey, contact Chadwick Stephens at [email protected].
Don't forget that all NASPO funds for this year will expire on December 31, 2021.

But you don't have to wait until the end of the year to be reimbursed! If you have any requests for the use of Professional Development, Technology Asset Improvement, or ValuePoint In-State Cooperative Outreach Funds, feel free to submit those at any time.

The fund policies and request forms can be found in the Reimbursement Portal of the NASPO Network. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].
Upcoming Webinars

Challenge-Based Procurement: Is It Right for You?
October 5 | 3 pm ET

Can Challenge-Based Procurement help your next solicitation? It can reduce solicitation time and increase the chances of successful project implementation. But is it right for you? Join us for a discussion on the benefits of using this model.

Register here and save your seat!
State Member Benefits Webinar
October 12 | 2 pm ET

The Membership team will host a State Member Benefits webinar on XXX. Perfect for new hires on your team or those who are new to NASPO, this webinar will review how to access NASPO benefits and use them for professional networking and growth.

Register for the webinar now.
Cronin Gold Award Webinar

Interagency, Data-Driven Collaboration: Wisconsin's Innovative Approach to Specification Development

October 13 | 3 pm ET - Register

Explore the 2021 Cronin Gold Award Submission in this webinar presented by the state of Wisconsin. Learn how Wisconsin drove better pricing through a collaborative approach to specification development.
Cronin Finalist Webinar

Developing the Next Generation of Procurement Professionals

October 27 | 3 pm ET - Register

Learn how Arizona improved its internship program to meet the needs of its interns as well as growing the pool of candidates interested in a procurement internship.
In-Person Events
November 15-17, 2021 | Tempe, Arizona
The 2021 Law Institute for Public Procurement is open for registration! This event is geared toward attorneys in the procurement office or who support procurement in the state. View the conference website for more information on registration and CLE credit available.
State Training Coordinators Conference (STCC)
November 15-17, 2021 | Tempe, Arizona
The 2021 State Training Coordinators Conference (STCC) addresses professional challenges and discusses topic issues relevant to state central procurement training coordinators. This conference will equip them with the tools and resources they need to support procurement work. View the conference website for registration and contact hours available.
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