Sarasota County earns national procurement award
SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County’s Procurement division has been honored for “Achievement of Excellence in Procurement” by the National Procurement Institute (NPI), an organization dedicated to establishing and developing efficient purchasing methods and practices in governmental, educational and institutional procurement.
The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award honors organizational excellence in public and non-profit procurement, provides benchmarks for continued excellence and increases awareness of public procurement as a profession.
This is the first time that Sarasota County has won the award.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Sarasota County. It reflects the concerted efforts of our procurement team to build confidence in our internal processes and our board’s commitment to transparency and stewardship of our public dollars,” said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer.
This accreditation is the culmination of a four-year effort to implement sweeping changes and improvements, not only to procurement and the way Sarasota County conducts its business, but also to the key areas of contracting, transparency and ethics.
“This is an important step forward for Sarasota County Government and our reputation for practicing responsible procurement,” said Procurement Official Ted Coyman. “Many employees made important contributions through individual study and testing, developing new procedures, implementing new software and creating new tools.”
In addition to the sweeping changes implemented as part of the county’s procurement mission, Coyman noted how vendor roundtable events, trade association input and outreach efforts have allowed external customers to also assist in Procurement’s further development.
For more information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit www.scgov.net