A Message from Donna Ball, CPPB, SAMPO President
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the “NY GovBuy Statewide Government Buyers Event!” The New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO), the Office of General Services (OGS) and the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) are pleased to host this statewide government buyer event. It is our sincerest hope that the event will provide an opportunity for all to explore new and innovative solutions that will meet the needs of our local governments, school districts, BOCES, and other procurement professionals. It is our intention to come together to learn from the most experienced procurement professionals, keep our skills sharp and enjoy time with colleagues. Local Government purchasing is changing faster than ever, and SAMPO’s mission is to make sure we not only keep up, but that we stay ahead of the curve.
If this is your first time at a statewide government buyers event, our sincerest WELCOME and we hope you enjoy this experience. If this is not your first time with us, please assist a first timer and welcome them. There are many new and exciting classes to attend. One of the great benefits this event affords us is networking and exchanging information and ideas with your colleagues. Most of us share many of the common challenges that are encountered in our day to day activities. We may work in different towns, counties and school districts and networking with our colleagues is invaluable as we strive to make our work easier and more productive.
The Vendor Expo will showcase the latest products and services available. This is your opportunity to establish contacts that will be helpful when you return to your place of work. On behalf of the SAMPO Board, I want to thank all of the vendors for your support and attendance in this combined statewide event.
I would also like to extend a special thank you to RoAnn M. Destito, Commissioner, Office of General Services, the OGS Staff, Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller and the OSC Staff for the opportunity to participate in, and support of, this combined statewide effort to bring all procurement professionals together for this event.
I hope all attendees enjoy the events that have been planned for all!