The NEPA Alliance held the annual Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) 2015 Government Contracting Showcase on April 9, 2015 at Northampton Community College – Monroe Campus, in Tannersville, a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified campus.
The half day event was well attended with 24 exhibitors including representatives from economic development, government agencies, and private businesses. The Showcase attracted over 100 attendees and was deemed to be successful and beneficial by those in attendance.
Jeffrey Box, NEPA President & CEO, opened the event by saying, “There are significant opportunities for local companies to enter into contracting with federal, state, and local government agencies.” Jeff quantified this by saying, “Over $71 million in revenue within the NEPA seven-county coverage area was reported by NEPA PTAC clients last fiscal year. This translates into approximately 525 jobs supported through government contracting activities.”
Congressman Tom Marino of the 10th Congressional District was the Luncheon Keynote Speaker. Marino started by stating, “The Federal Government is the largest buyer in the world.” He went on to say, “There are many government agencies out there to get businesses started, especially small businesses; but the government does not do a good job explaining. The NEPA Alliance helps people get into doing work with the government and understanding the process.”
The attendees learned how to conduct and market their business with Federal and State Agencies and Prime Contractors. Educational sessions included “Selling to the Commonwealth”; “Doing Business with Tobyhanna Army Depot”; and “Small Business Administration Small Business Program Updates”.
The NEPA Alliance PTAC is funded by the United States Department of Defense, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.